South Korea’s military on Monday said the unidentified flying object that prompted it to launch fighter jets towards the border with North Korea was in fact a flock of birds. The media had been sent into a frenzy by the earlier announcement of the sky-borne object, which came a day after US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met at a different portion of the heavily fortified Korean border. South Korea’s military has been under fire for a possible security gap after a boat carrying four North Koreans arrived undetected recently at a South Korean port. Observers say the South’s military had likely released the inconclusive information about the flying object to media to avoid similar criticism of its surveillance posture. The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff had said earlier Monday that its radar found “the traces of flight by an unidentified object” over the central portion of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a de facto border between the two Koreas. South Korean media, citing unidentified military officials, quickly speculated that it was likely be a North Korean helicopter flying across the border into South Korea. But pilots of the several fighter jets deployed to the area later found… Read full this story
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