New details emerged Tuesday of the two mysterious drones that crashed in South Korea near its border with North Korea in March.
One of the drones, found March 24 in the northern city of Paju, contained a camera and a battery that had what Bloomberg Businessweek describes as “a North Korean style of writing,” citing a spokesman from the South Korean Defense Ministry. Another drone was found March 31 on South Korea’s Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea, following an exchange of artillery fire with the communist nation.
“The picture quality was low and the camera appeared to be for rudimentary reconnaissance,” ministry spokesman Kwon Ki Hyeon told Bloomberg by phone. He would not offer any further details on the contents of the drone’s surveillance, or media reports that the drone was able to document the South Korean presidential palace.
South Korea has said it plans to improve its surveillance capabilities as a result of this latest incident, according to local news service Yonhap, prompting yet another season of tensions with the North Korean government.
Officials in Pyongyang informed Seoul it planned to conduct live-fire drills in late March, Yonhap reported earlier this week, following organized joint military exercises in late March between the South Korean military and the U.S. Marine Corps stationed in the region. South Korea responded with stepped-up navy patrols in the Yellow Sea.
The hermetic North Korean government has not yet commented on the string of incidents, with the exception of the declarations it has posted to its state-run news site and renewed promises from dynastic leader Kim Jong Un to crush what it sees as hostile U.S. policies.
The late March exercises involved “the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces who had been hurled into south Korea by transport planes and transport craft and a large number of troops of the south Korean marine corps,” reports Korean Central News Agency. “The warmongers were busy with war drills for rapidly deploying their troops and hardware.”
“The U.S. imperialists are escalating the war exercises for aggression pursuant to their scenario for a preemptive attack on the [North Korean], pushing the situation on the peninsula to the worst phase,” it stated in a March 25 article.
North Korea led international headlines in 2013, following a string of visits from former NBA player Dennis Rodman, the North Korean detention of an American veteran of the Korean War, and reports that the Kim Jong Un had ordered the execution of his uncle, a powerful member of the leader’s inner circle.
Pyongyang promised in late March it would conduct yet another controlled nuclear explosion, reports the New York Times, using what it says is a “
new form” of testing.