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The Latest: SKorea detects ‘unidentified object’ over DMZ

July 1, 2019
In this Sunday, June 30, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, bids farewell to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, and U.S. President Donald Trump at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
In this Sunday, June 30, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, bids farewell to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, and U.S. President Donald Trump at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on diplomacy involving North Korea’s nuclear program (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

South Korea’s military say it has detected an “unidentified object” flying near the border with North Korea.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says its radar found “the traces of flight by an unidentified object” on Monday over the central portion of the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the two Koreas. It gave no further details.

The DMZ is the world’s most heavily fortified border. The two Koreas have occasionally traded exchanges of gunfire before North Korea entered talks on its nuclear program.

The development came a day after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong met at the DMZ and agreed to resume working-level talks on the North’s nuclear program.

The meeting between Trump and Kim, their third, happened in the western portion of the DMZ.

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11:40 a.m.

South Korea says it hopes the diplomatic momentum created by the latest meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would help revive inter-Korean dialogue and engagement that ground to a halt amid a hard impasse in nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

Lee Sang-min, spokesman of South Korea’s Unification Ministry, said that the Trump-Kim meeting could breathe new life into the nuclear negotiations and benefit Seoul’s efforts to keep alive momentum for talks and cooperation with the North.

North Korea’s state media has described Kim’s meeting with Trump on Sunday at the Demilitarized Zone as “an amazing event” in the border village it notes is a symbol of the Korean Peninsula’s division.

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