FIGHTER jets and helicopters were scrambled to investigate a mysterious UFO over Korea’s Demilitarised Zone – hours after Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Kim Jong-un at the border.
South Korea’s military said its radar detected “traces of flight by an unidentified object” heading across the frontier from North Korea early today.
It came hours after Mr Trump yesterday became the first US president to set foot in North Korea as he shook hands with tyrant Kim at the world’s most heavily fortified border.
The radar sighting sparked a full-scale military response as tensions remain high between the two countries.
The South’s Yonhap news agency said the flying object “showed a flight trace that a helicopter could display” and that it flew from north to south across the DMZ’s military demarcation line.
News reports said South Korea launched fighter jets and helicopters because it believed it could be a North Korean aircraft flying across the border into South Korea.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it could only confirm that it deployed unidentified surveillance assets to find what that object was.
Later a spokesman said commanders now believed it was a flock of birds that sparked the false alarm.
The DMZ – 160 miles long and 2.5 miles wide – has separated the two countries since fighting ceased in the 1950-53 Korean War.
It is peppered with an estimated two million mines, lined with razor wire, watchtowers and tank traps, and guarded by battalions of troops on each side.
Artillery shells and rockets have occasionally been fired across the Cold War frontier, which is only 35 miles from Seoul.
Open hostilities have eased since the North entered talks on its nuclear weapons program.
Sunday’s historic meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim took place at the border village of Panmunjom where the armistice was signed in 1953.
North Korea’s state media described their third meeting as “an amazing event.”
Kim had accepted Trump’s Twitter invitation to “say hello” and “shake hands” in an attempt to revive stalled nuke talks.
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Kim was waiting to greet the US president as he stepped across the border and said he was “proud” he did it.
Mr Trump in return told reporters: “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.”
He also invited the North Korean leader to the US for a visit and added “history has been made”.
The two men then both stepped back to the southern portion to sit down for a meeting.
Afterwards Mr Trump said the two nations had agreed to resume talks in the coming weeks.
And today South Korea said it hoped the diplomatic momentum created by the latest Trump-Kim meeting would help revive dialogue with Pyongyang which had stalled amid an impasse over sanctions.
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