The two Koreas have taken another step towards peace this week. Landmines along the heavily fortified border are being destroyed. Troops are being disarmed and guard posts are coming down in the joint security area. It's the latest sign of detente on the Korean Peninsula. But while it's a hugely symbolic move for the two Koreas, internationally it might not be as well received, says Reuters' Josh Smith in Seoul.
>> What remains unclear, however, is how fully on board the United Nations command forces are. These are forces that are led by American commanders, and they have voiced concerns over some of these disarmament measures. While both South Korea and the United States say they are on the same page, American officials declined to confirm to us whether their troops would also be among those laying down their weapons there at the JSA.
>> This section of land is the only place where troops from both sides come face-to-face. It has a violent past. Even as recent as last year, the North shot one of their own five times as he successfully defected to the South in this dramatic rescue. But less than six months later, things changed here dramatically.
It was all handshakes and smiles as the leaders from both sides met for their first and second meetings this year, as the two Koreas appear to be on course for detente. And, of course, there's a third partner.>> We fell in love.>> US President Donald Trump gushed over Kim Jong Un at a recent rally, saying he and the North Supreme Leader have bonded over letters since their historic Singapore meeting in June.
Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week, officials were laying the groundwork to reunite the two leaders.>> We wanna make sure we've got the conditions just right so the two leaders can be successful.>> On Tuesday, the State Department said he's heading back to Pyongyang this weekend, for denuclearization talks that he hopes will pave the way for that second Trump-Kim meeting.
It'll be Pompeo's fourth visit this year.>>