Pair Hyun Hee Shin

SEOUL (Reuters) – Five North Korean drones entered South Korea on Monday and South Korea responded by scrambling the attack planes and helicopters and opening fire to try to shoot down the North Korean aircraft. , a declaré l’armée sud-coreenne.

Dans le framework de sa réponse, the South Korean army also sent surveillance planes to the North to photograph its military installations, a South Korean military official said.

“Il s’agit d’un acte de provocation manifeste de la part du Nord qui viole notre espace aérien”, declared un responsable South Korean des chiefs d’état-major interarmées, Lee Seung Oh, lors d’un point de – pres.

One of the five North Korean drones flew near the South Korean capital, Seoul, and the others flew near the West Coast.

Lee declared that the South Korean army “utilisait des ressources pour abattre” les drons.

Il n’a pas precisi si des drones avaient été abattu, mais l’agence de presse Yonhap a declaré plus tard que l’armée sud-koréenne avait tiré approx 100 coups de feu mais n’en avait abattu aucun. Lee declared that South Korea had initially fired “semonce shots” when it detected drones for the first time.

One of the drones was known to have returned to North Korea while South Korea lost the trace of four others, Yonhap reported, citing the chiefs of the interarmies.

La Corée du Nord n’a pas de channel pour les requêtes des médias en provenance de Corée du South et ses médias d’État n’ont fait aucune mention de drons.

Des avions de reconnaissance sud-Coréens ont volé dans le Nord pour prendre des photos en action correctdent aux vols de drones nord-koréens, a declarée Lee, suggesting that les drones nord-koréans étaiten également destiné à la reconnaissance.

South Korea followed the drones traversing North Korea above the military demarcation line between the two countries after detecting them in the sky of the western city of Gimpo at 10:25 a.m. (01:25 GMT). announce l’armée plus tôt.

Les drones sont les premiers confirmed to come from the isolated neighbor since 2017, when a North Korean drone suspected of being on a spying mission crashed and crashed on a mountain near the border.

In 2014, a North Korean drone was discovered on a South Korean border island.

These drones were considered comme des avions bruts équipées de caméras.

ESSAIS DE MISSILES ET EXERCICES MILITAIRES

Lee a declarée que les drones nord-koreans lundi étaiten petits, d’environ deux mètres, mais il n’donné aucun autre détail, y compris quel équipement, le cas équipement, ils transportaient.

Relations between North Korea and South Korea, allies of the United States, have been bad for decades, but they have recently been strained after the new conservative government came to power in South Korea and the pursuit by North Korea of ​​its nuclear and missile programs.

South Korea and the American forces have responded to a record number of North Korean missile tests this year, intensifying military exercises. La Corée du Nord considers these exercises comme des préparatifs pour une invasion.

Ceux-ci ont été conconos à plus de tests et d’exercices de la Corée du Nord, y compris de rare departures d’avions de combat près de la frontière.

The South Korean Ministry of Transport declared earlier that the flights departing from Incheon and Gimpo airports were suspended at the request of the army.

The suspension began at 1:08 p.m. (04:08 GMT) in Gimpo and at 1:22 p.m. in Incheon and lasted approximately one hour before flight departures resumed at 2:10 p.m., a ministry official told Reuters.

While trying to counter the drones, a South Korean KA-1 light attack aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from its base in Wonju, in the east of the country, a person responsible for Ministry of Defense. Ses deux pilots ont pu s’échaper avant le crash et sont hospitalisés.