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U.S. flies two surveillance aircraft on apparent mission to monitor N. Korea

All Headlines 15:25 February 05, 2020

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- Two U.S. surveillance aircraft flew over South Korea on Wednesday, an aviation tracker said, spurring speculation that the U.S. may be strengthening its watch over North Korea after detecting unusual activity.

The U.S. Navy's EP-3E was spotted in the skies over South Korea at 25,000 feet, Aircraft Spots tweeted.

An E-8C aircraft, or JSTARS, of the U.S. Air Force also flew over the Korean Peninsula at 31,000 feet, it added.

The U.S. surveillance aircraft have often been detected here in recent months, apparently to intensify monitoring of the bellicose regime.

Amid stalled denuclearization talks with the U.S., Pyongyang earlier this year warned of a "new strategic weapon" in the near future and a "shocking actual action."

Experts say the "strategic weapon" may mean an advanced type of its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) or a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

This image captured from the U.S. Air Force's website shows America's E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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