The unmanned aerial vehicle was one of five drones that violated South Korean airspace on Monday. The army fired grenades and deployed helicopters and fighter planes, but failed to bring down the aircraft. The army command apologized for this a day later. According to the army, it was difficult to shoot the drones out of the sky because they were only 3 meters long. There was also danger to surrounding towns if too many shots were fired.
President Yoon Suk-yeol has warned that if North Korea again violates South Korean airspace, he will cancel the military treaty the countries made in 2018. Among other things, that treaty established buffer zones between neighboring countries that have been formally at war since the Korean War of 1950-1953.
A #NorthKorean drone entered the northern end of a no-fly zone surrounding South Korea’s presidential office in Seoul when it intruded into the South’s airspace last week, the South’s military says.https://t.co/22t8AcI30o
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