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Military Confirms Drone as North Korean

17:26 June 21, 2017 replay time01:48

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[Anchor]

The small drone discovered in Inje, Gangwon Province on June 9 was confirmed to have been sent from North Korea.

The Ministry of National Defense is severely condemning the act, calling it a clear military provocation which is a violation of the ceasefire agreement.

Lee Seung-gook has more.

[Reporter]

The Ministry of National Defense revealed that upon closely analyzing the small aircraft discovered in Inje, Gangwon Province on the 9th, both the point of liftoff and point of expected return were confirmed to be the Kumgang County area in Gangwon Province of North Korea.

The North Korean drone that passed the military demarcation line on the 2nd of last month flew 266km to reach the THAAD battery in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province. It then turned around and was returning north when it crashed in Nam-myeon, Inje in Gangwon Province.

The total flight time of the unmanned aircraft was approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes and the flight distance around 490km.

The Ministry of National Defense explained that the 550 or so photographs saved on the drone confirmed that its flight course was designed to gather military intelligence on the Seongju THAAD battery and the frontline areas of South Korea.

The Ministry also added that the drone had a Czech-made engine and its fly distance was around twice that of the North Korean droone that crashed on Baengnyeongdo Island three years ago.

The Ministry revealed that the cause of the crash was lack of fuel due to a flaw in the engine.

The military declared that this act by North Korea was a clear military provocation violating the ceasefire agreement and the North-South non-aggression treaty, and warned that if such provocations continue it will be returned by strong actions.

The military also explained that it sees small drones as a new military threat and is actively reinforcing its counterstrategies, as well as developing and integrating a new weapons system that can detect and incapacitate such small drones.

Lee Seung-gook reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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