Seoul: North Korea estimated to have 20-60 nuclear weapons

Seoul: North Korea estimated to have 20-60 nuclear weapons

As part of last month's deal, guard posts and weapons will be shipped out of the JSA after the demining.

The other area being demined is around the so-called "Arrow Head Hill", where some of the war's heaviest fighting took place over a strategically important hilltop position.

Both sides undertook to carry out landmine removal work at the Joint Security Area (JSA) over a 20-day period, according to the South Korean defense ministry.

In 2015, two South Korean soldiers were maimed by what Seoul said was a North Korean landmine, an accusation the North denied.

On Monday, units of South Korean army engineers with demining equipment were deployed to the border village of Panmunjom and another frontline area called "Arrow Head Hill" where the Koreas plan their first joint searches for soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

In November 2017, North Korean troops at the JSA shot one of their soldiers defecting to the South five times.

But critics of his engagement policy have lambasted his recent inter-Korean military deals, saying a mutual reduction of conventional military strength would eventually weaken South Korea's war readiness because the North's nuclear program largely remains intact.

Propaganda loudspeakers and some guard posts along the border have already been dismantled.

Critics have anxious that Moon's recent inter-Korean military deals would weaken South Korea's war readiness because the North's nuclear program remains largely intact.

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The troops will try to remove mines on the southern parts of the two sites while North Korea is required to do the same on their northern sides.

Meanwhile, on Monday, South Korea held a ceremony marking the recent return of remains of 64 South Korean soldiers missing from the Korean War.

South Korea's main spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, did not comment immediately on the disclosure, Sky News reported.

"I think it's the worst-ever South-North Korean agreement that made a concession in our defense posture before (North Korean) denuclearization is achieved", Shin Wonsik, a former vice chairman of the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told parliament Monday the estimates on the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal range from 20 bombs to as many as 60.

The summit was the third this year between the leaders, following a rapid thaw in relations. But it said the "trying to subdue" it through sanctions - a clear call for Washington to lift sanctions if it wants further progress in their stalled nuclear negotiations.

Apparently reflecting the improving ties, North Korea sent Choe Ryong-hae, its de facto No. 2 official, to a reception hosted by the Chinese embassy in Pyongyang last week to mark China's founding anniversary.

Testing done in Hawaii confirmed they belong to South Korean war dead.

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