US-led command approves South Korean border crossings into North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S.-led United Nations Command on Thursday approved planned border crossings for South Koreans and material to build a new communication building and to open a new liaison office in a North Korean border village.
The decisions came amid a flurry of activity as the two Koreas move to improve relations amid efforts to restart stalled nuclear talks between the North and the United States.
The UNC controls the southern part of the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, a 2.5-mile wide buffer zone that has divided the peninsula since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.
Gen. Vincent Brooks, who commands the UNC and U.S. Forces Korea, authorized the movement of South Korean vehicles and personnel across the so-called Military Demarcation Line in the eastern transportation corridor, the command said in a statement.
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