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U.S. flies spy plane over Korean Peninsula following N.K.'s missile launch

Defense 10:29 April 01, 2020

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. surveillance aircraft has flown over South Korea, an aviation tracker said Wednesday, on an apparent mission to monitor North Korea just days after the communist nation fired what are believed to be two short-range ballistic missiles.

The U.S. Navy's EP-3E was spotted in skies above South Korea on Tuesday, Aircraft Spots tweeted.

The operation came two days after North Korea fired two projectiles from the eastern coastal city of Wonsan toward the East Sea, marking the fourth major weapons test the North has conducted this year.

The United States flew the same type of plane over the peninsula Sunday, the same day the North fired the two projectiles.

Amid stalled denuclearization talks with the U.S. since the no-deal Hanoi summit in February last year, the North has called for boosting self-defense capabilities.

On Monday, North Korea lashed out at U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for seeking continued international pressure against Pyongyang, threatening to "hurt" the U.S. and go its "own way."

This image captured from aviation tracker Aircraft Spots' Twitter feed shows the flying route of the U.S. Navy's EP-3E on March 31, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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