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Two Koreas, UN Command agree to create joint rules of interaction at JSA Updated: 2018-11-07 07:17:18 KST

People from the two Koreas may soon be able to walk freely across the border at the Joint Security Area for the first time in over four decades.

Military officials from the two Koreas and the UN Command held a three-way meeting on Tuesday at the Freedom House on the South Korean side of the border village of Panmunjeom.

According to Seoul's defense ministry, they agreed to draw up rules of interaction for the security personnel that either side stations in the other's area. Having personnel on both sides was part of September's military agreement.
Seoul's defense ministry said that they will come up with a final draft of the rules in the near future through the exchange of documents.

The three sides evaluated the disarmament that took place in late October, inspecting the newly built guard posts at the entrances to the southern and northern sides.

The three sides also took a look at both Koreas' surveillance equipment and how it's run, discussing ways to adjust it and share information.

Once everything's set up, not only foreign tourists but also Korean visitors will be allowed to cross freely over the Military Demarcation Line from 9 AM to 5 PM.

There are 35 soldiers in the JSA including five officers each from South and North for surveillance purposes.
They no longer carry firearms and now wear yellow armbands that read "Panmunjeom Civil Police."

Tuesday's delegations were led by South Korean Army Colonel Cho Yong-geun, North Korean Army Colonel Om Chang-nam and the U.S. Army Colonel Burke Hamilton.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News.
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