The Joint Security Area is seen from the North Korean side in this undated photo. COURTESY OF PIXABAY
The Joint Security Area is seen from the North Korean side in this undated photo. COURTESY OF PIXABAY

Tours to DMZ village to resume on southern side of Korean border this week

by Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — Tours to the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom will resume this week and visitors will be allowed to explore an expanded area, the South Korean defense ministry said Monday.

The popular tours to the Joint Security Area, which straddles the heavily fortified border, were suspended in October to facilitate efforts to demilitarize the buffer zone.

North and South Korea agreed during their historic April 27, 2018, summit in Panmunjom to allow visitors freedom of movement within the JSA from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

That plan has been delayed because the U.S.-led United Nations Command, which oversees the area, and the two Koreas have not agreed on a joint code of conduct deemed necessary for security purposes.

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