‘Unidentified Object’ Over South Korean DMZ Identified

‘Unidentified Object’ Over South Korean DMZ Identified
President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are seen with Sean Morrow, commander of the UNC Security Battalion, at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, on June 30, 2019. (South Korean Pool/via REUTERS TV)

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea’s military said it had detected an “unidentified object” flying near the border with North Korea.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said its radar found “the traces of flight by an unidentified object” on Monday, July 1, over the central portion of the Demilitarized Zone that bisects North and South Korea.

The “unidentified object” was later identified as a flock of birds, Fox News reported.

The DMZ is the world’s most heavily fortified border. The two Koreas have occasionally traded exchanges of gunfire before North Korea entered talks on its nuclear program.

The development came a day after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong met at the DMZ and agreed to resume working-level talks on the North’s nuclear program.

The meeting between Trump and Kim, their third, happened in the western portion of the DMZ.

President Donald Trump Visits South Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the South and North Korea in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019. (Handout/Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images)

South Korea says it hopes the diplomatic momentum created by the latest meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would help revive inter-Korean dialogue and engagement that ground to a halt amid a hard impasse in nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

Lee Sang-min, a spokesman of South Korea’s Unification Ministry, said that the Trump-Kim meeting could breathe new life into the nuclear negotiations and benefit Seoul’s efforts to keep alive momentum for talks and cooperation with the North.

North Korea’s state media has described Kim’s meeting with Trump on Sunday at the Demilitarized Zone as “an amazing event” in the border village it notes is a symbol of the Korean Peninsula’s division.

Trump Entering North Korea 

President Trump on June 30 shook hands with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as they met at the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

The White House shared a video of President Trump and Kim at the DMZ, noting that he became “the first sitting President to enter North Korea.”


The two agreed to restart negotiations on a nuclear agreement.

According to the New York Times, Trump walked about 20 paces into the base of a building on the North Korean side.

Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this article.

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