SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Yonhap) -- The Ministry of National Defense, Yonhap News Agency and its all-news cable channel Yonhap News TV will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Friday on cooperation in promoting a project to excavate Korean War troop remains, their officials said.

Under the MOU, they will cooperate on enhancing citizens' understanding of the project, securing more information related to efforts to locate war remains and encouraging the bereaved families of fallen troops to provide their DNA samples for forensic identification.

Cho Sung-boo, the head of Yonhap News Agency and Yonhap TV, and Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk, as well as other senior officials, will join the signing event.

Seoul's excavation work began in 2000 when it marked the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Cold War conflict. Since then, it has discovered 10,238 sets of the country's troop remains.

The number of fallen South Korean troops whose remains have yet to be recovered stands at around 123,000.

Source: Yonhap News Agency