Is South Korea’s Inability to Identify Flying Object over Korean DMZ a Matter of Concern?
Korean DMZ has again become a subject of interest following the meet between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un. Just this time the reason was as a profound matter of concern, which later turned out to be a hoax.
Following Trump’s meet with Kim, the South Korean military found “traces of flight by an unidentified object” on its radar coming across the North Korean border. The alleged unidentified object was considered to be a UFO sighting and leading to full blown military response from South Korea.
However, the South Korean jets later identified the the object as a flock of birds sending the South Korean military and its officials in frenzy.
The Korean DMZ was in news earlier this week as Trump became the first US President holding the office to cross the DMZ and meet North Korean Leader Kim. The leaders later spent an hour at the border village of Panmunjom, discussing the future of already impeded nuclear talks.
The response from the South Korean military can be said to be a cautious measure to avoid another security breach. Earlier, the military was under scrutiny as a boat carrying four North Koreans gained entry to the South Korean ports without getting detected.
The South Korean military also notified North Korean counterparts of jets launched for a check on “flight by an unidentified object”.
The Korean DMZ is the world’s heaviest fortified 160 miles long and 2.5 miles wide zone, having 2 million land mines scattered, lined with razor wire, watchtowers and tank traps, guarded by combat troops on either side.
Following the meet between the US President and the North Korean leader, the state-media of Korea termed the meet as “an amazing event”.
US President Trump, post the meet said, “I just want to say this is my honour. Stepping across that line is a great honour, great progress has been made, great friendships have been made and this has been, in particular, a great friendship.”
The Korean DMZ has for a great time remained an area of pressing concern and has separated both the countries since 1953. It seems that with birds starting to cross the border leading to the military scrambling the jets, the military of either side might need to reinforce and improve their radar and detection system.
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