The United States says the army conducted a survey of air resources in Greenland

By Noah Browning LONDON, Oct. 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army UU. He conducted an aerial study of Greenland to assess the vast mineral potential of the Arctic island as part of the agreement between the two governments, an important US diplomat said Wednesday. The memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the development of the mining sector there was signed in June before a diplomatic gap between the United States and Denmark, to which Greenland is linked as an autonomous territory. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, canceled a visit to Denmark scheduled for early September after the country's prime minister rejected his idea of ​​buying Greenland. Frank Fannon, the US undersecretary of state for energy resources, told reporters at a meeting at the Chatham House in London that the process was quite costly and technology intensive, so Greenland sought assistance from the United States. We had the navy there to conduct a hyperspectral survey, to basically use overflight technology to better understand the endowment of resources. That creates a data room where the US Geological Survey would be incorporated. UU. To help interpret the data and share with the Greenlanders what the potential allocation of resources could be. According to a press release from the Icelandic government, air mapping would be jointly funded and consists of inspecting around 3,000 square kilometers in the province of Gardar, southwest of the territory. The data collected would measure the reflection of sunlight, including invisible infrared light to the naked eye, to better understand the geology of the terrain and its mineral content. Fannon added that the United States planned to help Greenland, armed with the data, develop a regulatory structure to exploit mineral findings and market future tenders. When asked if relations with Greenland or Denmark had deteriorated since Trump's offer to buy the territory, Fannon replied: I have only seen the strongest relationship with Greenland, as well as with Denmark ... It is a very positive relationship. Greenland is drawing attention as global superpowers, including China, Russia and the United States, seek mineral resources and strategic waterways in the Arctic region. A defense treaty between NATO allies, Denmark and the United States, dating back to 1951, gives the US military rights to the Thule air base in northern Greenland. After Trump canceled his planned meeting with his Danish counterpart in August, Greenland Foreign Minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters: We are open to business, but we are not for sale. (Reporting By Noah Browning ; Editing by Giles Elgood) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)