North Korea makes drones…sort of!

An unmanned drone which was found last week in Paju, a South Korean city near the land border with North Korea. South Korean officials said Wednesday they suspect that another unmanned drone that found crashed Monday, March 31 on a frontline South Korean island was flown by rival North Korea. Media reports said officials suspect the drone shown in this photo was also flown by the North and that it took pictures of the South Korean presidential office and a highway linking border areas to Seoul.

SEOUL – A South Korean military inquiry into a drone found on a border island has concluded that North Korea flew the unmanned aircraft to conduct reconnaissance missions, a South Korean media report said on Wednesday.

The discovery of the surveillance aircraft came less than an hour after a three-hour artillery barrage between South and North Korea in each side’s territorial waters near a disputed maritime border on Monday.

South Korea’s defence ministry declined to comment on the report as its probe was under way.

North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters as part of a drill on Monday, prompting the South to fire back. The exercise appeared to be more sabre-rattling by Pyongyang rather than the start of a military standoff.

Yonhap News Agency reported on Wednesday that the drone’s flight route appeared to be from the North, citing unidentified South Korean government officials…

Der Spiegel has more photos of it here.

More Nork news: Kim Jong-Un planning to ”purge” one of North Korea’s most powerful figures after records show that is the rightful heir to the communist state ahead of Kim Jong-Il’s son.

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