South Korea to boost military readiness after third suspected North Korean drone foundUpdated: 2014-04-07 11:57:11 KST
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South Korea is on alert after the military discovered yet another suspected North Korean drone on a mountain in Gangwon-do Province, some 1-hundred-30 kilometers south of the inter-Korean border.
We have our Kim Hyun-bin standing by at the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul so Hyun-bin, it must be very concerning that this is the third drone found on South Korean territory in a matter of weeks what counter measures does Seoul plan to take?
South Korea's defense ministry announced a few hours ago that key commanders from every branch of the military held an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the drone infiltration.
Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin urged all facets of the military to maintain flawless operation readiness in regards to the suspected North Korean drones and other threats from Pyongyang.
Kim emphasized that the three drones found in South Korea in recent days were for surveillance purposes but they could be used for terror or attack purposes.
The ministry says if the drones are confirmed to have come from the North, Pyongyang is in clear violation of Korea's armistice agreement as well as an international agreement on flying over another country's air space without prior notification.
So,what are some of the military's plans to prevent such incidents from happening again?
North Korea has hundreds of drones or 'unmanned aerial vehicles in its possession so there could well be more found in the coming days and weeks.
The South Korean military says it's well equipped to deal with enemy jet incursions and attack UAVs, but it's much more difficult detecting these kind of ultra-small size UAVs.
Seoul says it plans to purchase low altitude radar and other military gadgetry to prevent further infiltrations.
Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it will take strong actions over Pyongyang's violation of its airspace,.. and will also mobilize units across the country to search for other drones.
The ministry says it'll continue to evaluate possible routes and the damage the UAVs could cause while enhancing air defense operations system to better counter small size UAV infiltration.
What do we know about Sunday's discovery of a third drone?
The Defense Ministry said Sunday that a wild-ginseng digger first found the drone in October of last year on a mountain in Samcheok, Gangwon Province, and reported it to the military authorities last Friday.
Initial investigations show the drone is the same model as the one that crashed in Paju late last month.
Preliminary analysis also shows the computer components inside the drone contain chips and microprocessors released back in the early 1990s, but have long been obsolete.
As you said, this is the third discovery like this and it is a worry as the South Korean military failed to detect these ones until they crashed on South Korea soil.
There were almost certainly many more that made the flight but made it back to the North safely. Back to you Conn-young.
That was our defense ministry correspondent Kim Hyun-bin reporting about the ministry's future plans to counter small size drones after a third suspected North Korean drone was found more than 1-hundred kilometers south of the inter-Korean border.
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