Vice-Minister of the People's Armed Forces of the DPRK , Col. General Kim Hyong-ryong (center, left) and his delegation chat with ROK counterparts during a tea break for the Xiangshan Forum, a gathering of the region's security officials, in Beijing, Oct 25, 2018. (ANDY WONG / AP)
SEOUL - The Republic of Korea (ROK)'s foreign ministry said Thursday that the country will make efforts to declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War in 2018 as stipulated in the Panmunjom Declaration.
Foreign ministry spokesman, Noh Kyu-duk, told a press briefing that Seoul will make efforts to make the war-ending declaration this year as specified in the Panmunjom Declaration, and build a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
The Panmunjom Declaration was signed by ROK President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), after their first summit in April at the border village of Panmunjom.
Seoul will make efforts to make the war-ending declaration this year as specified in the Panmunjom Declaration, and build a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula
Noh Kyu-duk, Spokesman, ROK's Foreign Ministry
The schedule and format for the war-ending declaration would be decided upon after consultations among the two Koreas and the countries concerned, the spokesman said.
On the same day, ROK's Vice-Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk and Vice-Minister of the People's Armed Forces of the DPRK Kim Hyong-ryong met for some 10 minutes on the sidelines of the eighth Beijing Xiangshan Forum, Seoul's defense ministry said in a press release.
Suh and Kim assessed the improved inter-Korean relations and the implementation of the declarations, which were signed by Moon and Kim after their first and third summits.
They also affirmed shared position over the rapid implementation of the military agreement, which was signed by defense chiefs of the two Koreas in September.
Suh and Kim shared views that they would meet in the future whenever opportunities arise, according to the press release.
Under the military agreement, the two Koreas agreed to stop all hostile acts in border areas via a series of measures, such as setting up buffer zones along the border, disarming the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and pulling out a part of guard posts on a trial basis.
Koreas complete disarmament of JSA inside DMZ
The two Koreas completed the pullout of weapons and guard posts from the JSA, Seoul's defense ministry also said on Thursday.
The ministry said in a statement that military authorities of ROK, DPRK and the United Nations Command withdrew all firearms, ammunition and guard posts sentry from the JSA as of 1 pm local time (0400 GMT).
For the sentry duty, 35 unarmed soldiers from ROK and DPRK respectively would be stationed in the JSA, the Seoul ministry said.
For the next two days, the two Koreas and the UN Command has planned to conduct a joint verification for the pullout.
From Oct 1, soldiers from the two Koreas conducted a 20-day operation to remove landmines inside the JSA, which was set up right after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with armistice.
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