Koreas to form joint military committee

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Koreas agree to disarm a jointly controlled border village, starting with the removal of land mines.

Koreas agree to withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone by December, with aim of removing them all one day.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the Koreas have agreed to establish a joint military committee to evaluate how to reduce tensions and maintain communication to defuse crises and prevent accidental clashes.

Moon said Wednesday the plans for the committee are part of a commitment to remove "any threat that could cause war" on the Korean Peninsula. He was speaking following the Pyongyang summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Moon's government has been stressing the importance of reducing the conventional military threat between the Korea to prevent accidental clashes that can escalate into a nuclear conflict.

The Koreas first agreed to form a joint military committee in 1991, but the plans weren't carried out due to turbulent relations between the rivals.


PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- A Joint statement says the two Koreas have agreed to seek to obtain the rights to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

The statement was released by Seoul on Wednesday after a Pyongyang summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

It says the two leaders also agreed to cooperate in major sports events such as the 2020 Summer Olympics. It didn't elaborate.

It says the two leaders have also agreed on a Pyongyang art troupe visiting Seoul for performances in October.