South, North Korea reach deal to diffuse tension

South Korea and North Korea have reached an accord to deescalate tension between their militaries, prevent conflict and promote the development of bilateral relations. The high-level emergency talks was held at Panmunjom from August 22 to 24, 2015.

North Korea have expressed regret over the recent mine explosion that occurred in the south side’s area of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) along the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), wounding soldiers of South Korea last August 4.

While South Korea will stop propaganda broadcasts through loudspeakers along the MDL from 12:00 today unless an abnormal case occurs. The north side agreed to lift the semi-war state at that time.

The two Koreas also agreed to reunite separated families and relatives from north and south in the upcoming Harvest Moon Day on September 23rd and continue to hold such reunions in the future. A Red Cross working group will arrange for it early in September.

They also agreed to vitalize NGO exchanges in various fields.

“It is very meaningful that from this meeting North Korea apologized for the landmine provocation and promised to work to prevent the recurrence of such events and ease tensions,” chief of the State Security Office of South Korea Kim Kwan Jin said in a televised briefing.