South Korea begins excavating war remains near DMZ after North loses interest in joint operation

Seoul began a unilateral effort to excavate Korean war remains along the border on Monday as silence from Pyongyang stymied a previously agreed joint operation with the North.The joint excavation along the demilitarised zone of remains from the 1950-53 conflict was part of a military agreement signed at a Pyongyang summit in September between the South’s President Moon Jae-in and the North’s leader Kim Jong-un.Under the deal – aimed at defusing military tensions – around 100 personnel from the…