Seoul, Pyongyang and UNC to hold talks over JSA disarmament

Seoul, Oct 22 (UNI) The two Koreas and the U.S.-led U.N. Command will hold the second round of their working-level talks Monday over disarming the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Seoul’s defence ministry said.
The trilateral talks are set to take place at the Freedom House, a South Korea-controlled building at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the DMZ, at 10 a.m., reports Yonhap News Agency.
The Defence Ministry said “This meeting is aimed at checking and evaluating the status of demining operations at the JSA and consulting over schedules for withdrawing firearms and guard posts and adjusting guard personnel, as well as future plans for mutual verifications”.
The South and the North will be represented by Army Col. Cho Yong-geun and Army Col. Om Chang-nam, respectively.
The UNC’s delegation will be headed by U.S. Army Col. Burke Hamilton, the Military Armistice Committee secretary. 
The plan to remove arms from the JSA is part of the inter-Korean agreement aimed at reducing tensions, preventing accidental clashes and building mutual trust. It entails a series of measures, such as setting up air, ground and maritime buffer zones and withdrawing some border guard posts.
At the talks, the two sides will also discuss how to form and run a joint military committee tasked with checking the enforcement of the agreement. In addition, they will touch on the plan to conduct joint research on the Han River estuary where civilian access has been restricted due to inter-Korean tensions.