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N. Korea Suspected of Sending Drones Found in South, Kwon Says

April 02, 2014

Two drone aircraft that crashed in South Korea are believed to have come from the North, a Defense Ministry official said.

One of the drones was found on March 31 on a South Korean island in the Yellow Sea after the two countries exchanged artillery fire in the area. The other, discovered March 24 in the city of Paju, north of Seoul, contained a camera and had a North Korean style of writing on its battery, Kwon Ki Hyeon, a South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman, said today by phone.

“The picture quality was low and the camera appeared to be for rudimentary reconnaissance,” he said, declining to say what the images showed or to comment on local media reports that the drone had photos of South Korea’s presidential office.

North Korea has yet to comment on the drones. On March 30, the Kim Jong Un-regime threatened a fourth nuclear test while condemning joint U.S.-South Korean military drills that have been taking place this year in the South. In March of last year, Kim visited an artillery unit and watched drills with North Korean drones, official media reported.

North and South Korean forces face each other over one of the world’s most heavily armed borders after the 1950-53 Korean War ended without a peace treaty. Earlier this week North Korea rejected South Korean President Park Geun Hye’s proposal that the regime give up nuclear arms in return for more economic support from the South and eventual reunification.

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