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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

North Korea demolishes 10 guard posts to lower tensions

Seoul confirmed the destruction and removal of 10 North Korean security posts on Tuesday

South Korean soldiers stand guard as construction equipment destroy a guard post in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in Cheorwon on November 15, 2018. Reuters
South Korean soldiers stand guard as construction equipment destroy a guard post in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in Cheorwon on November 15, 2018. Reuters

South Korea says North Korea has destroyed some of its own front line security posts as part of an agreement to reduce tensions in the rivals' heavily fortified border.

The South's defence ministry said its military confirmed the dismantling of 10 North Korean guard posts on Tuesday. It said the North had informed it of the demolition plans in advance.

In September, the Koreas agreed to dismantle all of their guard posts inside the 248-kilometre long and four-kilometre wide border. They later each withdrew weapons and troops from 11 of their guard posts and decided to completely dismantle 10 of them.

South Korea has been dismantling 10 of its guard posts with dynamite and excavators.

The Korea's border has been the site of numerous cases of deadly fighting and bloodshed.