War remains sought in Korea's DMZ

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South Korean and American officials are to search the border dividing North and South Korea for the remains of troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

It will be the first ever search in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) - which in spite of its name is the world's most heavily armed frontier.

The move was announced by South Korea's defence ministry.

It said more than 13,000 South Korean troops and about 2,000 US troops were believed to be buried in the zone.

The search of the DMZ - a 4km (2.5-mile) thick ribbon that stretches across the waist of the Korean peninsula - will go on until 25 November, the South Korean defence ministry was quoted as saying.

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