Source: Crashed Drones Sent by N. Korea

Write : 2014-04-02 14:24:26 Update : 2014-04-02 17:03:25

Source: Crashed Drones Sent by N. Korea

Anchor: A small drone camouflaged like the sky crashed on a South Korean island in the Yellow Sea on Monday shortly after North Korea lobbed 100 artillery shells into the South’s waters. The military believes that drone and a similar drone discovered the week before were sent by Pyongyang.
Our Bae Joo-yon has more.

Report: A government source says analysis shows the two drones that crashed on Baengnyeong Island and in Paju were made the same way, and the military believes they came from North Korea.

The source said Wednesday that both of the two-meter-long aircraft had white clouds painted on a blue background for camouflage. They were equipped with small digital cameras made in Japan and with engine propellers programmed to return the planes home after capturing images.
 
The first drone found last Monday in Paju, a city near the Demilitarized Zone, was found to have taken pictures of Seoul, including the presidential office and Gyeongbok Palace. Military investigators found a North Korean word written on the surface of the battery of the plane. 

The second drone captured shots of South Korea’s five islands near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), including images of military bases on the islands. Another source said the drone was picked up by radar for an instant before it disappeared and the path captured on radar shows it flew from the North.
 
Military sources said the North apparently developed the drones as test reconnaissance planes to take pictures, adding the North’s reconnaissance capability is extremely weak. They said it cannot disclose the images because that could provide North Korea with information.
 
An intelligence official said the North is likely to have sent the planes to show off its capacity to penetrate the South and its reconnaissance ability. The official added the resolution of the images was low and the drones did not gather any significant intelligence.
 Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News. 

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