South Korea pitches World Cup with North Korea, Japan and China

A suspected North Korean spy drone flew more than 100 miles into South Korea and snapped photos of the recently deployed US anti-ballistic missile system before circling back and crashing on the southern side of the fortified border that divides the Korean peninsula.

"Around 10 photos were found in the Japan-made Sony camera attached to the drone", said a South Korean military official Monday, who embargoed the story until Tuesday.

"Two missile launchers and the fire control radar of the system which have already been deployed were also included in the pictures", he added. It says the rest are mostly photos of residential areas, farming fields and other less- sensitive areas in the South. Drones are a relatively new addition to North Korea's arsenal.

In related news, Moon visited the headquarters of ROK-US Combined Forces Command in Yongsan, Seoul, on June 13, underlining the importance of the South Korea-US alliance and the need for alliance forces to remain vigilant about the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles.

"That a North Korean vehicle crossed the military demarcation line and flew into South Korean territory is a grave violation of the armistice agreement", Han told a parliamentary session.

The drone is now suspected to belong to North Korea.

The THAAD system, is a sophisticated missile defense system that uses kinetic energy to destroy warheads in flight.

North Korea has long boasted of its drone fleet, showcasing reconnaissance and attack drones modeled after similar US aircraft during parades in 2012 and 2013.

Shannon also confirmed North Korea's release of American university student Otto Warmbier who had been detained in the country for 17 months.

China worries that the THAAD's X-band radar is snooping on its military moves in the region, and the government is treating the battery as nothing more than a headache, rather than a much-needed defense against North Korea's rapidly developing missiles.

South Korea deployed more than 300,000 troops to Vietnam from 1964 to 1973, second only to the USA military force.

The current tensions in the Korean peninsula date back to the Cold War, when the North was controlled by a communist regime under the influence of China and the South by the United States. "If THAAD is deployed in South Korea, it will be exposed to nuclear strikes here and there as the primary target", the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a highly-critical report last September. "The summit will provide a momentum to take the Korea-U.S. relations to the next level", said Park. Last week the prospect for Moon's push to expand cross-border exchanges was thrown into doubt as the North rejected a Seoul civic group's offer to provide relief items.

  • Larry Hoffman