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South Korean defence ministry to reduce guard posts along North Korean border - Yonhap

FILE PHOTO: A South Korean flag flutters on top of a 100-metre tower in the Tae Sung freedom village near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), inside the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s defence ministry said on Tuesday it plans to reduce guard posts and equipment along the demilitarised zone on its border with North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported.

The ministry said in a report to a parliamentary committee it plans to reduce some guard post troops and equipment as a preliminary test, and would then consider expanding the reduction, in order to realise an agreement to “transform the demilitarised zone into a peace zone” made at an inter-Korean summit in April, Yonhap said.

The defence ministry did not have any immediate comment about the report.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Paul Tait