May 14, 2019 10:01
A U.S. spy plane was scrambled over the Seoul metropolitan and west coast areas again on Monday in the wake of a series of North Korean short-range missile tests.
"The RC-135W Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft from the U.S. Forces Japan flew over the Seoul area and the West Sea," a military spokesman here said.
The plane is equipped with state-of-the-art optical and electronic sensors and communications equipment and capable of capturing remote signals generated when a ballistic missile is fired, raising fears that North Korea may be preparing another missile launch.
The aircraft has been scrambled several times since the North tested what it said was a "new tactical guided weapon" for the first time on April 17.
At the time, the aircraft flew over Chuncheon, Gangwon Province as well as over the Seoul area before the North fired missiles from the Hodo Peninsula in Kangwon Province on May 4.
The plane flew over the west coast on May 8, which sparked speculation that the North would launch a missile in that area, and the following day North Korea fired an Iskander-class missile from Kusong, close to the west coast in North Pyongan Province.
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