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The guards on both sides of the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula are visibly no longer armed
Almost all able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfill sentry duties, often in remote locations along the heavily militarized border.
'This marks the first time since the division that the soldiers of the North and South... are peacefully crossing the military demarcation line,' says Seoul's defense ministry
The moves come as a diplomatic thaw between the former wartime foes gathers pace
The two sides agree to withdraw all troops and weaponry from the 11 guard posts along the border and destroy them by the end of November, according to a joint statement released by Seoul's military
The Joint Security Area – also known as the truce village of Panmunjeom – has historically been both a flashpoint and a key location for diplomacy between the two Koreas ever since their split in 1953
The two Koreas and the US-led United Nations Command agree 'to carry out measures to withdraw firearms and guard posts at the Joint Security Area (JSA) by October 25,' says Seoul's defense ministry statement
The relatives burst into tears when a loudspeaker announcement in a banqueting hall at the North's scenic Mount Kumgang resort declared: 'The reunion is over.'
(4th UPDATE) North and South Korea's leaders hold surprise talks on Saturday, May 26, to get a historic summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump back on track after a head-spinning series of twists and turns.
(UPDATED) Singapore will provide a neutral backdrop for the summit, avoiding some of the security and political challenges associated with a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea
'The time-resetting is the first practical step taken after the historic third north-south summit meeting to speed up the process for the North and the South to become one,' says the official KCNA news agency
The Peace House in Panmunjeom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, was where Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Friday for a historic summit
The US president also hailed Chinese president Xi Jinping in his Tweet
Walking across the cement blocks that mark the border was 'so easy,' Kim Jong-Un says, making him wonder 'why it took so long to do so after 11 years,' referring to the last summit in Pyongyang in 2007
When Kim Jong-Un steps over the line, he will become the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War ended 65 years ago
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The meeting on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjeom is intended to pave the way for a highly anticipated encounter between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump
Rappler visits the Korean Demilitarized Zone a week before the historic meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in
The build-up to the event has been overshadowed by tensions running high over the North's escalating nuclear and missile tests
The 24-year-old North Korean solider, identified only by his surname, Oh, watches Hollywood hits like robot action flick 'Transformers' and forensic whodunnit 'CSI,' and can't get enough of K-Pop
South Korea threatens harsh retaliation after blaming North Korea for landmine blasts that maimed two soldiers on border patrol
This is the latest in a series of minor skirmishes involving exchanges of fire but no casualties along the inter Korean land and sea borders in recent months
South Korea military: The drill began shortly before midday 0300 GMT using land artillery units based at the eastern tip of the Demilitarized Zone