Reference News Network reported on October 11 that a senior U.S. diplomat said on October 9 that as part of an agreement signed by the government, the U.S. military conducted aerial surveys of Greenland to assess the mineral potential of the vast Arctic island.
According to Reuters on October 9, the U.S. and Danish governments signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in mining development in June, after which diplomatic disputes broke out between the two countries. Greenland is an autonomous territory of Denmark.
After the Danish Prime Minister flatly rejected the idea of President Trump to buy Greenland, Trump cancelled his visit to Denmark in early September.
The assistant secretary of state for energy, Frank Fannon, said the entire mapping process was costly and technically demanding, so Greenland sought U.S. assistance.
This mapping has established a database, and we will ask the U.S. Geological Survey to help interpret the data and share data on potential resource endowments with Greenlanders.
It is said that aerial surveying and mapping is co-financed by both sides, including surveying and mapping about 3,000 square kilometres of the Garda area in southwestern Greenland.
Fannon added that the U.S. plan helped Greenland establish a regulatory framework for data acquisition to take full advantage of mineral discovery and develop future tender markets.
Asked if the relationship between the United States and Greenland or Denmark had deteriorated since Trump offered to buy Greenland, Fannon replied, I only see the strongest relationship between the United States and Greenland and Denmark... This is a very positive relationship.
It is reported that Greenland is gaining more attention as Russia, the United States and other global powers look forward to acquiring mineral resources and strategic shipping lanes in the Arctic region.
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Li Zaixing_NBJS9026