SEOUL, The United Nations Command (UNC) said Tuesday it approved the opening of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas for a hiking trail in the east coast border town of Goseong.

The Goseong course is one of three "DMZ Peace Trail" sites proposed by the South Korean government under its plan to open to the public the DMZ for the first time since the two Koreas were divided.

The two other sites are Cheorwon county in Gangwon Province and the western city of Paju in Gyeonggi Province.

Gen. Robert Abrams, who leads the UNC, "approved phase one of the Republic of Korea's Peace Trail project at Goseong in Gangwon Province," the UNC said in a release, adding that the Korean military has worked hard "to ensure the success ... while assuring visitors their safety remains paramount."

The Republic of Korea is South Korea's official name.

The tour program is widely expected to launch, on a trial basis, on April 27 at the Goseong course to mark the first anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration signed by President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to officials.

Source: Yonhap news Agency