Pyongyang, November 17 (KCNA) — The U.S. troops reportedly sprayed the same defoliant as they used in the Vietnam War at the end of the 1960s in the demilitarized zone of the Military Demarcation Line which divides Korea into the north and south.
It was disclosed by a secret document which was sent to senator John Glen by the U.S. Army Department in 1996.
According to the document, the U.S. troops in South Korea sprayed over 20,000 litres of defoliant on the area covering nearly 6,000 square metres south of the demilitarized zone for the purpose of destroying grass and trees in this area under an operation code-named “1968 plan to destroy plants” in 1968 and 1969 when the Vietnam war was at its height.
The commander of the U.S. forces in South Korea worked out this plan at that time and got an approval from the secretary of state.
In fact, it was the soldiers of the South Korean “ROK” army who were ordered to spray the defoliant but nobody knew it was toxic substance.
As many as 10,000 persons out of the soldiers who had been taken to the shambles of the war of aggression in Vietnam were reported to have died because of the effect of defoliant as of July, 1997. At least 44,000 of them are now suffering severe pain.
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