North Korea has as many as 60 nuclear weapons, warns South Korea

The Latest S. Korea believes North begins demining at DMZ

The Latest S. Korea believes North begins demining at DMZ

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

At Arrow Head Hill, where some of the fiercest battles occurred during the Korean War, Seoul officials believe there are remains of about 300 South Korean and United Nations forces, along with an unspecified number of Chinese and North Korean remains.

The 20-day exercise that began on Monday saw South Korean troops clearing landmines at the Joint Security Area (JSA).

Regarding Arrow Head Hill, where remains from the Korean War are believed to be buried after a fierce battle over the control of a strategically important hilltop position, the ministry aims to remove the land mines by the end of November before a joint excavation project kicks off.

An estimated 2 million mines are scattered throughout the 155-mile long, 2.5-mile-wide Demilitarized Zone, according to CBS News.

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

On Monday, 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 2015, a land mine blast blamed on North Korea maimed two South Korean soldiers and pushed the Koreas to the brink of war.

The Associated Press reports that the South Korean and USA militaries have set one million to 1.2 million landmines south of the DMZ.

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They also reportedly dismantled propaganda, loudspeakers and some guard posts along the militarized border.

"The North is trying to reduce the negotiating value of Washington's potential offer of a peace treaty, by suggesting that "it's not good enough to make us denuclearize", he told South Korea's news agency Yonhap. He also said the north is committed to helping maintain "long lasting peace and prosperity" on the peninsula.

Many foreign experts say North Korea are likely running additional secret uranium-enrichment plants. Past rapprochement efforts were often stalled after a standoff over the North's nuclear ambitions intensified.

He may have unintentionally revealed the information while his own ministry said the comments did not mean that South Korea would accept North Korea as a nuclear state.

The North entered talks with the United States and South Korea on its advancing nuclear arsenal earlier this year, saying it's willing to negotiate.

North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un reaffirmed his "steadfast stand" Monday to deepen relations with China in his message to Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the occasion of China's 69th founding anniversary, the North's state media said.

Nuclear diplomacy later came to a standstill amid disputes over how genuine North Korea is about its disarmament pledge.

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