UN Command, DPRK discuss forming joint assessment group on warship sinking case

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The U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday discussed forming a joint assessment group to assess the cause of the armistice violations that led to the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, the UNC said in a statement.

The two sides held a second round of colonel-level meeting earlier Friday in the truce village of Panmunjom, which lasted for one hour and forty minutes.

The statement said, seeking to comply with the United Nations Security Council president's intent, the UNC proposed to set up a Joint Assessment Group (JAG) to assess the cause of the armistice violations that led to the sinking of the South Korean navy frigate Cheonan.

"The two sides exchanged ideas and further details for convening a JAG in accordance with the Armistice Agreement," it added.

The Armistice Agreement was signed at the end of the 1950-53 Korean war, and has since left the two sides technically at war.

The statement said the "centerpiece of the meeting" was "a requirement by the UNC" that the DPRK's military "demonstrate their intent to comply with the UN Security Council president's statement." However, it did not mention the DPRK side's response.

The UNC also notified the DPRK of the upcoming U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise "Ulchi Freedom Guardian", according to the statement.


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