Panmunjom, Korean Peninsula.- The talks led by North Korean Colonel Om Chang-nam, South Korean Colonel Cho Yong-geun and American Colonel Burke Hamilton, started early today.
South and North Korea agreed on September 20 to disarm the so-called JSA, in response to the text of the Pyongyang Joint Declaration of September 2018, signed by North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and South Korean President, Moon Jae-in.
The forces of the United Nations Command have jurisdiction over the Joint Security Area, a small territory located in Panmunjom and where belligerent military forces (1950) look at each other from a few meters since July 27, 1953, date in which the armistice, still in force, was signed in this same place.
Sappers from all three parties are working since early October on the risky antipersonnel mines, a task that should be completed by late this week.
During the tripartite meeting taking place in the strictest secrecy, the parties should talk about the progress or not, of the demining operation. (PL)