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U.S. flies surveillance plane over Korean Peninsula

Defense 16:04 April 10, 2020

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. spy aircraft has flown over South Korea, an aviation tracker said Friday, on an apparent mission to monitor North Korea.

The U.S. Air Force's RC-135W Rivet Joint was spotted in skies above South Korea, Aircraft Spots tweeted, without giving details on the time of its operation.

The aviation tracker also said Saturday and Tuesday the same type of the aircraft was detected over the Korean Peninsula.

The operation came as the North was to hold a key meeting of the country's rubber-stamp parliament Friday. The session is closely watched from outside for any glimpse into the reclusive state's stance on foreign affairs, including its policy on denuclearization talks with the United States.

Amid little progress in the nuclear negotiations, the North has called for boosting self-defense and fired a series of projectiles believed to be short-range ballistic missiles this year.

Earlier in the day, the North's state media also said leader Kim Jong-un has overseen a mortar firing drill to "further fortify the country's defense capabilities."

This image captured from aviation tracker Aircraft Spots' Twitter feed on April 10, 2020, shows the flying route of the U.S. Air Force's RC-135W Rivet Joint. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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