Top U.S. commander in South Korea shows support for land mine removal in DMZ


The top U.S. commander in South Korea offered his “full support” for the inter-Korean removal of land mines from the no man’s land that bisects the peninsula.

U.S. Army Gen. Vincent Brooks said Tuesday the demining operations will aid in efforts to recover the remains of troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War as well as help ease military tensions with North Korea. He made the comments during a visit to the clearance area.

The two Koreas have agreed to start removing mines to clear a path to a front-line area called Arrowhead Hill, which was the site of some of the fiercest battles of the war.

Millions of mines have been planted in the Demilitarized Zone, a 2.5-mile wide, 155-mile long region that is also lined with barbed wire and guard posts.

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Source: Stars and Stripes