The United States flew a naval surveillance aircraft over the Korean Peninsula as part of heightened monitoring of North Korea following the regime's latest military provocation.
Private aviation tracker Aircraft Spots said on Wednesday that a U.S. Navy P-3C maritime surveillance plane was detected six-point-seven kilometers over the peninsula. The exact time of the operation was not mentioned.
P-3C aircraft are generally used to reconnoiter submarines using radar.
Washington has sent several types of surveillance planes over the peninsula in the past week following recent North Korean provocations, including a "super-large" multiple rocket launcher test last Thursday and an artillery firing drill the previous weekend.
An E-8C was deployed Tuesday, while an RC-135W recon craft was detected the day before.
There is speculation Washington is deliberately trying to get its aircraft noticed in a warning to Pyongyang as the year-end deadline that the regime set for the U.S. to make a new proposal to advance stalled nuclear talks fast approaches.
Furthermore, U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday hinted at the possibility of military action against North Korea if necessary.