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S. Korea discovers 2 additional sets of Korean War remains in DMZ

Defense 15:49 November 06, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has found two additional sets of Korean War remains during its demining and road construction work in a notorious battle site inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Seoul's defense ministry said Tuesday.

The ministry's Agency for KIA Recovery and Identification retrieved human bones, a fibula on Oct. 29 and a tibia on Monday, from Arrowhead Ridge, or Hill 281, which was a site of fierce battles during the 1950-53 Cold War conflict. KIA stands for "killed in action."

The two Koreas have been demining the area to ensure safety ahead of a joint project to find war remains from April to October next year. The project is part of a military agreement the Koreas' defense ministers signed after the third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang in September.

There were three key battles against communist forces on the Arrowhead Ridge from 1952-53. The remains of more than 200 South Korean soldiers and dozens of U.N. Command (UNC) forces, such as U.S. and French troops, are thought to be buried there.

The demining work on the ridge began Oct. 1 and will continue through Nov. 30. As of Tuesday, the military has found some 5,000 items during the mine clearance process, including the four sets of war remains.

This photo provided by South Korea's defense ministry shows newly discovered Korean War remains inside the Demilitarized Zone. (Yonhap)


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