North Korean soldiers march down the steps on their side of the Joint Security Area as Army Lt. Col. Sean Morrow, commander of the United Nations Command Security Battalion, speak to reporters on the south side of the Panmunjom truce village, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES
North Korean soldiers march down the steps on their side of the Joint Security Area as Army Lt. Col. Sean Morrow, commander of the United Nations Command Security Battalion, speak to reporters on the south side of the Panmunjom truce village, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES

Interest high as public tours resume on S. Korea’s side of DMZ village

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

PANMUNJOM, South Korea — Interest was high on both sides of the border as the U.S.-led United Nations Command reopened the southern half of the Joint Security Area for public tours Wednesday after a seven-month delay amid nuclear talks with the North.

The U.N. Command, which oversees the area, has received more than 220 requests for tours since Seoul announced on Monday that they would resume, according to the security battalion’s commander.

“We will be busy fast,” Lt. Col. Sean Morrow told reporters on Wednesday. “Basically, it’s back to normal.”

The U.N. Command suspended the popular tours to the area, which also is known as the truce village of Panmunjom, in October after the two Koreas agreed to demilitarize the buffer zone during their historic summit on April 27, 2018. The resumption was timed to coincide with the summit’s anniversary.

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