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Birds prompted S. Korea to issue alert messages

In this April 26, 2019, file photo, South Korean and U.S. Army soldiers gather during a rehearsal to mark the first anniversary of a summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's military says it was a flock of birds that prompted it to alert journalists that it had detected an "unidentified object" flying near the border with North Korea.

The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff had said earlier that its radar found "the traces of flight by an unidentified object" on Monday over the central portion of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas.

News reports say South Korea launched fighter jects and helicopters in response because it believed it could be a North Korean helicopter flying across the border into South Korea. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it can only confirm that it deployed unidentified surveillance assets to find what that object was.

The joint Chiefs of Staff said that it had confirmed that it was a flock of birds flying across the border from north to south.

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