The Korean Demilitarized Zone separating Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the north and the Republic of Korea in the south is seen on Aug. 1, 2012. The DMZ stretches 2 kilometers apart on either side. STARS AND STRIPES
The Korean Demilitarized Zone separating Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the north and the Republic of Korea in the south is seen on Aug. 1, 2012. The DMZ stretches 2 kilometers apart on either side. STARS AND STRIPES

US-led command approves S. Korea’s ‘DMZ peace trail’ plan

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S.-led United Nations Command gave the green light on Tuesday for South Korea to start developing hiking trails in the heavily fortified border that divides the peninsula.

Seoul announced earlier this month that it planned to allow the public to hike on so-called “DMZ peace trails” in three areas near the border with North Korea.

But the UNC, which is led by Army Gen. Robert Abrams, must approve plans for the Demilitarized Zone, according to the armistice agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War in lieu of a peace treaty.

Abrams, who also is the commander of U.S. Forces Korea and the Combined Forces Command, approved the first phase of the project in the Goseong area of Gangwon province, northeast of Seoul, according to a press release.

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