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The remains of two soldiers killed in the Korean War have been recovered from battle sites and identified through DNA analysis.
The defense ministry revealed Friday the remains of Song Hae-kyung were excavated last month from Arrowhead Ridge inside the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas.
He is presumed to have died in July 1953, just 16 days before the armistice was signed to bring an end to the bloody fighting.
Excavation work inside the DMZ began last year as part of an inter-Korean military accord to reduce tensions and build trust.
However, the South Korean side has been carrying out the work alone as the North stopped all exchange projects following the collapse of denuclearization talks at the Hanoi summit in February 2019.
Remains of the other soldier, Lee Hyeong-sool, were found in Yanggu, Gangwon Province in 2015.
He is believed to have died in 1951.
The ministry said it will hold ceremonies next month to mark their return and lay their remains at a national cemetery.
Around 140,000 South Korean troops were killed in action and some 450,000 others injured during the three-year conflict.
According to government data, the number of fallen South Korean troops whose remains have yet to be recovered stands at around 123,000.
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