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North Korean Drone Found in South Korea Was Spying on American Missile Defense System - NKorean drone.jpg
South Korean officials recently stumbled upon what is believed to be a North
Korean drone that didn’t make it back home. And they now believe that the drone
was sent to photograph America’s controversial THAAD missile defense system that
was recently deployed to the region.
The North Korean drone is similar to one found in 2014 and was discovered on a
mountain in Inje, South Korea, near the border. The drone is equipped with a
Sony built-in camera and reportedly contained hundreds of pictures, including
precisely ten photos of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, also
known as THAAD.
The camera on board the drone is a Sony DSLT with 64 GB of memory, according to
the news site NK News. The drone’s images mostly consisted of forests and trees,
but the aircraft appears to have made its way at least 177 miles into South
Korea without detection.
South Korea and its allies are sensitive to any surveillance by the North
Koreans in the region, as tensions continue to mount about the country’s missile
and nuclear capabilities. US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis testified yesterday
in front of Congress that North Korea was the “most urgent threat” to the
security of the United States.
The US military has a number of anti-drone technologies, including anti-drone
cannons that disable unmanned systems while they’re in the air. This drone,
however, is simply believed to have crashed on its own.
“We will come up with measures to deal with North Korean drones,” an unnamed
official at South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Reuters.
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