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U.S. spy plane flew over areas around Seoul after N. Korea's test-firing of new weapon: sources

All Headlines 13:41 April 21, 2019

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. reconnaissance plane flew over areas around Seoul last week on an apparent mission to collect intelligence in the wake of North Korea's test-firing of a newly developed "guided tactical weapon," sources said Sunday.

The plane, believed to be a RC-135W Rivet Joint, flew over the cities of Chuncheon, Seongnam and Incheon on Thursday and Friday after the North test-fired what it claimed to be a "new-type tactical guided weapon" on Wednesday, sources said.

The sources said it was unusual for the plane to fly over areas around Seoul, though it used to do so from time to time in 2017, when the North fired a series of ballistic missiles. Since the peace process began last year, the plane has usually flown over the Yellow Sea.

"As far as I know, there has been no case recently (except the latest one) of the RC-135 reconnaissance plane flying over the metropolitan area," a source said.

During last week's flight, the plane remained south of the no-fly zone that the two Koreas established along their heavily armed border under a military tension reduction agreement reached last year, officials said.

This image captured from the website of the U.S. Air Force shows a RC-135W Rivet Joint reconnaissance plane. (Yonhap)


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