How to transform minefield DMZ to peace zone


After a short-lived period of detente for the two Koreas, the North appears to be back to cold-shouldering the South. But this has not deterred the Moon administration from drawing up plans for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

As part of its effort to achieve that goal, Moon proposed to transform the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas into an “international peace zone” at a UN session last month.

But the DMZ that the president called the “ecological treasure trove” of wildlife, remains a site of military tension, with more than a million land mines believed to be planted in the area.

Acknowledging the huge presence of land mines, Moon addressed the need to clear them and called for support from the international community.

“Approximately 380,000 anti-personnel mines are laid in the DMZ, and it is expected to take 15 years for South Korean troops to remove them on their own,” Moon said in his keynote speech in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York last month.

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Source: Inquirer Net