North and South Koreas begin destroying border guard posts

The flags of North and South Korea side-by-side

The flags of North and South Korea side-by-side

South Korea says the military agreement is an important trust-building step that would help stabilize peace and advance reconciliation between the rivals.

South Korea's resumption of small-scale military drills with the United States violated a recent agreement aimed at lowering tensions on the Korean peninsula, North Korean state media said on Monday.

Sole surviving plaintiff Lee Chun Sik (C) attends a press conference in Seoul on October 30, 2018, after South Korea's Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling from several years earlier ordering Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal compensate four South Koreans who were victims of forced labor during Japanese colonial rule.

The two nations technically remain at war after the 1950-53 Korean War that sealed the division of the peninsula and ended with a ceasefire instead of a peace treaty. The North is believed to have about 160 guard posts within the DMZ.

Some 70 members of the committee staged a performance in the heart of Seoul on Wednesday and waved pink flowers that resembled those used by Pyongyang citizens to welcome South Korean President Moon Jae-in when he visited the North Korean capital in September for a summit with Kim. He didn't want to be named, citing office rules.

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To remove the risk of war, the two Koreas stopped all hostile activities including artillery drills and field maneuvers on November 1 by setting up maritime, air and ground buffer zones in front-line areas.

The border truce village of Panmunjom - or the Joint Security Area (JSA) - is the only spot along the tense, 250-kilometre (155-mile) frontier where soldiers from the two Koreas and the US-led UN Command stand face to face.

While the Korean militaries move ahead with tension-reducing steps, Moon is otherwise running out of goodwill gestures toward North Korea, which is under heavy USA -led sanctions over its nuclear weapons program. Unless the sanctions are lifted, it would be impossible for Moon to push ahead with his more ambitious plans for engagement, such as reconnecting railways and roads across the border and normalizing operations at a jointly run factory park.

Kim also gave Moon a pair of North Korean indigenous hunting dogs after the September summit - one of which gave birth to six puppies on Friday, according to the South Korean leader.

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