South Korea: Possible N. Korea Drone Spied on US Anti-Missile System

Jane Richards
June 14, 2017

Preparations would be expected to take time, since the new South Korean administration does not officially have a foreign minister, and Seoul and Beijing remain divided over the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile shield in the South.

Any flare-up in the long-running dispute over "comfort women" could complicate efforts by Seoul, Tokyo and their ally Washington to cope with North Korea, which has been ramping up weapons tests since previous year in defiance of global sanctions.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in suggested on Monday that countries in Northeast Asia could form a bloc - including isolated North Korea - to co-host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, his presidential office said.

The White House announced on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in late this month for talks on the Korean Peninsula's nuclear issue.

South Korean military officials estimate that North Korea possesses around 300 military drones.

THAAD's deployment has been sharply opposed by China, North Korea's main ally and economic supporter, which claims the real reason behind Washington's deployment is to spy on and contain Chinese - not just North Korean - military assets.

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Despite their longstanding differences - the two countries are still technically at war - South and North Korea have a strong shared footballing history. Since Moon's May 10 inauguration, however, North Korea has conducted several missile launches in a show of its resolve to continue its weapons development program to cope with what it calls US hostility.

The drone was found last week on a forested mountain in Inje County of Gangwon Province, which borders the massively secured demilitarized zone (DMZ) that divides the two nations which technically remain at war since fighting in the 1950s. The express goal of Shannon's visit was to discuss the alliance between South Korea and the US and their shared global priorities, which include "coordinated responses" to the threats posed by North Korea.

NORTH KOREA has been surprisingly catapulted on to the World Cup stage.

Drones are a relatively new addition to North Korea's arsenal. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea as deterrence against potential aggression from North Korea. China also says the system does nothing to deter North Korea.

"We request the government of South Korea not to take actions or make stements that could hurt the Vietnamese people or negatively affect the two countries' friendly relations", Hang said in a statement.

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