SEOUL ( Associated Press) – The South Korean military fired warning shots and mobilized planes on Monday after a North Korean drone entered South Korean airspace, South Korean officials said, adding that North Korean officials shot down two ballistic missiles in their most recent test activities. Launched missiles.
The South Korean Defense Ministry said several North Korean drones crossed the inter-Korean border and were found in the South’s territory on Monday morning.
The Defense Ministry said the South Korean military fired warning shots before sending fighter jets and attack helicopters to shoot down the North Korean drone. It is currently unknown whether the drone was shot down.
This is the first time a North Korean drone has entered South Korean airspace since 2017, when a North Korean drone crashed into South Korean territory. South Korean military officials said at the time that the drone had photographed a US missile defense system in South Korea.
North Korea has previously touted its drone program, and South Korean officials say North Korea has about 300 drones. In 2014, several suspected North Korean drones were found south of the border. Experts said they were low-tech drones but could be considered a potential security threat to South Korea.
Last Friday, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into its eastern waters, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The launch was billed as a protest against joint US–South Korean air exercises, which the North Korean government views as an invasion rehearsal.
North Korea has conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests this year in what some experts say is an effort to improve its weapons and pressure its rivals to make concessions, such as lifting sanctions, in future talks. North Korea recently claimed that it has conducted the major tests needed to obtain its first spy satellite and a more mobile ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States.