U.S. Spy Planes Scour N.Korea for Long-Range Missile Activity

  • By Yu Yong-weon

    October 14, 2019 10:54

    An E-8C Joint STARS ground surveillance aircraft of the U.S. Air Force buzzed the Seoul metropolitan area on Friday to see if North Korea is preparing any intercontinental missile launches.

    According to Aircraft Spots, a military aircraft tracker, the E-8C flew from an area south of Seoul to the East Sea. It seems to be one of the two E-8Cs the U.S. deployed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan on Oct. 5.

    Last Tuesday, another U.S. spy plane, an RC-135S Cobra Ball, flew from Kadena Air Base across the country's inland for the same purpose.

    The forays came after North Korea warned it could resume nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests after working-level denuclearization talks with the U.S. collapsed early last week.

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