US flies reconnaissance plane over S. Korea

03-Dec-2019 Intellasia | KoreaHerald | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A US reconnaissance plane flew above the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, an aviation tracker said Sunday, in an apparent sign of beefed-up surveillance of North Korea following its recent test-firing of a multiple rocket launcher.

The US Air Force’s U-2S plane was spotted flying at an altitude of around 15,240 meters over the Seoul metropolitan area, northern Gangwon Province and central Chungcheong Province on Saturday, according to Aircraft Spots.

The plane, nicknamed the Dragon Lady, is known to have carried out a surveillance mission over areas surrounding the heavily fortified inter-Korean border with an aim to monitor North Korea’s front-line military activities.

This image, captured from Aircraft Spots' Twitter feed on Nov. 27, 2019, shows the U.S.' RC-135V reconnaissance plane flying above Seoul and its surrounding areas.(Yonhap)

This image, captured from Aircraft Spots’ Twitter feed on Nov. 27, 2019, shows the U.S.’ RC-135V reconnaissance plane flying above Seoul and its surrounding areas.(Yonhap)

Before the North’s test-firing of what it calls a super-large multiple rocket launcher Thursday, the US military operated several surveillance planes over the peninsula.

The US’ monitoring efforts came as Pyongyang has been ratcheting up tensions through a coastal artillery exercise and other military activities ahead of the end of the year deadline that it set for Washington to show flexibility in nuclear negotiations.

Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have yielded little progress, as the two sides still remain far apart over the scope of the North’s denuclearisation steps and what should be given in return.

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