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S. Korea discovers more apparent Korean War remains in DMZ

All News 08:52 May 08, 2020

SEOUL, May 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea discovered 11 more bone fragments, believed to be from soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border with North Korea, the defense ministry said Friday.

The pieces were found during a demining and excavation operation under way on Arrowhead Ridge from last Friday through Thursday, according to the ministry. The ridge located in Cheorwon, some 90 kilometers northeast of Seoul, was one of the fiercest battlefields during the war.

Since April 20 when the military resumed the excavation project for this year, it discovered a total of 23 pieces of bones and 3,426 articles believed to have been left by the deceased service members, according to the ministry.

It remains unclear how many people the pieces belonged to, and the authorities will carry out a detailed examination and DNA analysis to identify their origins, it added.

"We've also employed small-sized surveillance robots to search multiple trenches found on the site," the ministry said. "We will do our best to find and bring back the last remaining victims to their loved ones."

Under a bilateral military accord signed on Sept. 19, 2018, the two Koreas agreed to launch a joint excavation project on Arrowhead Ridge. But the South has carried out the project alone since last year, as the North did not respond to calls for joint work.

Last year, the military found around 2,030 bone fragments believed to have belonged to about 261 troops killed in the war. Of them, 117 sets of remains are believed to be of Koreans, with 143 others presumed to belong to Chinese troops and another set to U.N. forces, according to the ministry.

Seen in this photo provided by the defense ministry on May 8, 2020, shows a surveillance robot searching in a cave-like dugout on Arrowhead Ridge in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, during the 1950-53 Korean War remains excavation work. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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