Military identifies flying object near DMZ as balloon carrying leaflets

 

The South Korean military has revealed that the “unidentified object” it shot at on Tuesday as it crossed the DMZ was a helium-filled balloon carrying propaganda leaflets from the North. The Joint Chiefs of Staff says the military fired scores of rounds at the object. The balloon was just one of around ten that were floating across the DMZ. It’s believed several of them made it across the military demarcation line. Military officials admit bad weather conditions made it difficult to identify the object at first, but they say the soldiers acted swiftly and in accordance with military protocol.

 

 

 

우리 군은 전날 비무장지대를 넘어온 미확인 비행 물체가 북한의 대남전단 살포용 풍선이었다고 밝혔습니다. 합동참모본부에 따르면 우리 군은 이 비행 물체를 향해 기관총을 발포했다고 전했습니다. 비무장지대를 넘어온 약 열 개 정도의 풍선 중 하나로 보인다고 밝혔습니다. 이 중 수 개의 풍선이 군사분계선 (MDL)를 넘어 온 것으로 보인다고 전했습니다. 군 관계자는 기상관계로 식별에 어려움이 있었지만 우리 군은 작전절차에 따라 발 빠르게 대처했다고 밝혔습니다.

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