South Korea News – South Korea fires warning shots after North drone crosses the border
South Korea News – South Korea fires warning shots after North drone crosses the border: South Korea’s military fired warning shots and fired at aircraft after a North Korean drone entered the South’s airspace on Monday, South Korean officials said, a few days after the North launched two ballistic missiles in its latest test activities.
Days later South Korea’s Defense Ministry said several North Korean drones crossed the inter-Korean border and were found in the South’s territory on Monday morning.
South Korea’s military broadcast warnings and fired warning shots before launching fighter jets and attack helicopters to shoot down North Korean drones, the defense ministry said. It was not immediately known whether the drone was shot down.
This is the first time a North Korean drone has entered South Korean airspace since 2017 when a suspected North Korean drone was found to have crashed in South Korea. 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 said the North has about 300 drones. In 2014, several suspected North Korean drones were found south of the border. Experts said they were low-tech but could be considered a potential security threat.
Last Friday, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The launch was called the South Korean-U.S. It was seen as a protest against the joint air exercise, which North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal.
This year, North Korea has conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests in what some experts say is an effort to improve its weapons and pressure rivals into making concessions such as lifting sanctions in future talks. Recently, the North also claimed that it has conducted the major tests needed to obtain its first spy satellite and a more mobile intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland.