Seoul says crashed 'drone' likely from N Korea

2014-04-02 10:52
A crashed drone found in Paju, north of Seoul. (South Korea Defense Ministry, AFP)

A crashed drone found in Paju, north of Seoul. (South Korea Defense Ministry, AFP)

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Seoul - South Korea said on Wednesday it had evidence suggesting an unidentified drone that crashed last month near the northern city of Paju was of North Korean origin.

Korean words on batteries recovered from the unsophisticated unmanned aerial vehicle were of a type only used north of the border, a defence ministry spokesperson said.

"So we suspect the vehicle was sent by North Korea," the spokesperson said, adding that the drone was of an extremely "rudimentary" design.

The drone was equipped with a Japanese camera but had no ability to transmit images.

The spokesperson said it had taken pictures of Seoul's northern suburbs, but declined to confirm reports that it had captured images of the presidential Blue House.

Another unidentified drone crashed on one of South Korea's border islands on Monday when the two Koreas exchanged artillery fire across their disputed maritime boundary.

Its wreckage was discovered on Baengnyeong Island, which lies just south of the maritime border, and the spokesperson said it was still being analysed by military intelligence.

North Korea had displayed a set of very basic looking drones during a huge military parade held in Pyongyang last July to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

And in March last year, state media reported leader Kim Jong-Un overseeing a military drill using "super-precision drone planes".

Still photographs of the exercise broadcast on state television showed what resembled air force target drones being flown into a mountainside target and exploding.
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