September 03, 2015 11:21
A North Korean surveillance drone flew over a South Korean military outpost along the border shortly before the two Koreas started talks to diffuse heightened military tensions in late August, it was revealed Wednesday.
According to military sources, radar detected a North Korean aircraft presumed to be a surveillance drone flying above a post on the South Korean side of the border six hours before inter-Korean talks began on Aug. 22.
The South scrambled an Air Force jet and Army helicopter, but they were unable to make a visual identification. The military said the drone did not appear clearly on the radar, making it difficult to shoot it down.
It hovered over the post for one or two minutes before returning to the North.
No North Korean drones have been spotted since the inter-Korean marathon talks ended on Aug. 25.
A military source said, "The drone flew at an altitude of between 1.2 to 4.5 km amid overcast skies. The move seems to have been intended to create tension during the talks rather than to conduct proper surveillance."
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