Suspected North Korea drone photographed USA missile-defense site

Japan, China and South Korea held a foreign ministerial meeting in Tokyo in August 2016.

A suspected North Korean drone spied on USA missile defense systems in South Korea and nearly got away with it.

The recent drone appears to be very similar in design to the one found in 2014, which used technology from the 1960s, and therefore may not be capable of transmitting the photos to North Korea remotely.

A suspected North Korean drone crashed near the demilitarized zone after capturing images of a US missile defense system in South Korea, The Associated Press reported.

President Moon agreed with the assessment, adding that both South Korea and Japan, along with the USA, must also work closely together to bring the regime back to the discussion table and work towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The South Korean president has been open to more dialogue with North Korea since he was elected on May 10.

"The regime's nuclear weapons program is a clear and present danger to all, and the regime's provocative actions, manifestly illegal under worldwide law, have not abated despite United Nations' censure and sanctions", the defense chief said in written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday morning.

The South Korean army seized the drone and confirmed that the device had taken photos of the Thaad site in Seongju, according to a defence official. Further roll-out of the THAAD system has been delayed by Moon's administration pending an environmental assessment.

In January previous year South Korean soldiers fired warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone that crossed the western part of the border, the most sensitive part of the Demilitarised Zone.

A few months previously, crashed drones equipped with cameras were found in three different places near the border. North Korea called the system a provocation aimed at bolstering US military hegemony in the region.

During the meeting, the envoy presented President Moon with a hand-written letter by Japanese Prime Minister Abe, where he stressed the need for continued pressure and sanctions on North Korea.

During the talks, the Korean President is reported to have made something of an unexpected proposition; he suggested to the FIFA President the real possibility of both the Korea Republic (also known as South Korea) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (known as North Korea) co-hosting the competition.

  • Carolyn Briggs