A U.S. spy plane flew over South Korea on Tuesday as North Korea moved to prepare for a major military parade.
A US Air Force RC-135 aircraft flew over the southern coast and then into central South Korea on Tuesday morning, according to Yonhap News Agency.
The aircraft, which specializes in detecting telemetry signals before launching a missile, took off from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The aircraft also analyzes the missile warhead path.
The last time the plane flew over the Korean Peninsula was on December 18 (Friday, December 28). The plane appears to have flown at a lower altitude this time.
A South Korean military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “The United States is paying close attention to North Korea’s movements, including preparations for a (possible) military parade on the occasion of the Korean Workers’ Party’s eighth congress in January. “It will.”
South Korea and the United States are closely monitoring North Korea’s moves to hold a military parade expected next month, news sources reported Monday. A South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman confirmed the matter Monday. Thousands of North Korean military personnel have been mobilized to march on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, according to recent satellite images leaked by a website covering developments in North Korea.
North Korea unveiled an intercontinental ballistic missile and other strategic weapons during its October parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party.