UN Command proposes talks with N. Korea over land mine incident

August 18, 2015

SEOUL (Yonhap) — The United Nations Command has suggested general-level talks with North Korea to discuss the recent mine explosion on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone blamed on the communist country, military sources said Tuesday.

“The UNC Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) proposed the general officer-level dialogue to the North Korean side,” one of the sources said.

Two South Korean staff sergeants were seriously wounded as they accidentally stepped on and triggered three wooden-box mines in the southern half of the DMZ in Paju, northwest of Seoul.

After an investigation, the South Korean military and the UNCMAC laid blame on the North for the explosion, defining it as a clear provocation and violation of the armistice agreement, which ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

If held, the UNCMAC plans to convey the investigation result to the North Korean side and lodge a protest with them.