North Korean Soldier Crossed the DMZ; Japan Restarts F-35 Flights; U.S.-led Mission Without Germany
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 1 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
North Korean soldier defects across the DMZ, South Korea says
The South Korean military detained a North Korean soldier who crossed the heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates the two countries, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC) said on Thursday, Reuters reported.
The soldier expressed his intention to defect to South Korea, the JSC said later.
The unidentified active-duty soldier was first detected by thermal imaging equipment moving south near the Imjin River late on Wednesday and South Korean troops took him into custody just before midnight, the JCS said.
Also on Wednesday, the South Korean military recovered a body near the DMZ suspected to be that of a North Korean civilian, a spokesman for South Korea’s defence ministry said on Thursday.
Japan says to restart F-35 flights Thursday following April crash
Japan’s defence ministry said it would restart flights of the F-35 stealth fighter aircraft on Thursday for the first time since a crash in April, resulting from pilot disorientation, Reuters reported.
The aircraft that crashed in April was less than a year old and the first F-35 assembled in Japan.
German Foreign Minister rules out joining U.S.-led Hormuz mission
Germany will not participate in a U.S.-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz as it wants to ease tensions with Iran, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
The United States had asked Germany to join France and Britain in a mission to secure shipping through the strait, through which about a fifth of the world’s oil passes, and to “combat Iranian aggression”, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin said on Tuesday.
“Germany will not take part in the sea mission presented and planned by the United States,” said Maas, adding the situation in the region was very serious and everything should be done to avoid an escalation. “There is no military solution.”
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