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North Korea has Drones Monitor THAAD

North Korea has Drones Monitor THAAD

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was found by a local resident on a mountain in South Korea's Gangwon Province last Friday, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing officials.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry said the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group (EDSCG) of the two sides will meet in Seoul on Tuesday.

Although the South Korean military said the drone was designed for "surveillance", analysts warned the North could turn the device into tools for terrorism. The South Korean military reports that the drone took around 10 photographs of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, according to Reuters. The Pentagon has deployed the THAAD to South Korea in effort to assuage fears of USA allies in the region as North Korea has continually tested mid- to long-range missiles that could soon be mounted with a nuclear weapon.

South Korea's top national security adviser said last week that Seoul did not aim to change its agreement on the deployment of a United States anti-missile system to protect against North Korea, despite a decision to delay its full installation. While some neighboring countries are supportive of the system, China accuses it of being part of a spy program.

"Cho has a good understanding about Moon's North Korea policy and inter-Korean issues and has extensive experience in areas spanning from exchanges to negotiations with the North", the presidential office said.

During the London 2012 Olympics North Korea's women's football team walked off the pitch in protest when the South Korean flag was inadvertently shown at their game.

The newspaper described Mr. Han has having begun his career in the North Korean air force and having once been involved in managing the regime's drone activities.

North Korea's drones may be of Chinese origin.

"It was confirmed that (the craft) took photos of the THAAD site in Seongju", a South Korean defense official told reporters. China also says the system does nothing to deter North Korea. In 2014, South Korean authorities found several drones believed to belong to North Korea south of their shared border.

The statement also said that the United States remained "open to negotiations" toward peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula while staying "prepared to defend ourselves and our allies". "The summit will provide a momentum to take the Korea-U.S. relations to the next level", said Park.

"It is rather South Korea who has more demand for drones".


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