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No-fly zone, drill ban on North-South Korea demilitarised zone take effect

The no-fly zone was a key sticking point for Washington because it would effectively bar close air support drills, in which airplanes provide firepower for troops who may be operating near enemy force

Hyonhee Shin | Reuters 

A no-fly zone and a ban on military drills near the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea came into effect on Thursday as the once uneasy neighbours push to further defuse tensions. The measures were part of a military accord inked during last month’s inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang, which includes a halt in “all hostile acts,” and a gradual removal of landmines and guard posts within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). The United States has raised concerns that the deal could undercut defense readiness amid tardy progress on North Korea’s ...

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First Published: Thu, November 01 2018. 09:26 IST