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    North Korea Claims Seoul Surveillance Drones Violated Air Space

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    Pyongyang has accused Seoul of flying Israeli-built surveillance drones within DPRK borders, a move South Korea has denied.

    The People's Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), through its state-run media arm KCNA, accused South Korea of invading Pyongyang airspace through the use of surveillance drones.

    The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claimed that an Israeli-built South Korean HERON unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) violated Pyongyang airspace four times during an eleven-hour period, describing the alleged overstep as a "grave military provocation," according to Yonhap.

    Seoul responded that KCNA's Saturday accusations were "untrue," adding that the HERON UAV, one of three purchased from Israel at approximately $10 million apiece, remained within South Korean borders and was involved in a "normal" operation that was deployed "as planned."

    KCNA accusations detailed that the South Korean HERON entered the DPRK western border area a total of four times between 7:46 a.m. and 8:40 p.m. on Friday, cited by Yonhap.

    The DPRK alleged that the violation took place as four US Global Hawk spy drones and some US 100 military personnel arrived in Japan's Yokota Air Base on what Pyongyang suggested was a pretext of avoiding inclement weather in the region.

    The KCNA allegations included the warning that military provocations would be met with a "merciless retaliatory response."

    Increased ballistic missile testing by Pyongyang has put the region on edge, as the US and its allies, alongside China and Russia, have urged the DPRK to end its continuing weapons development.

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    airspace violation, border controls, Yokota Air Base, border, spy, surveillance, UAV, RQ-4 Global Hawk, threat, Israel, Pyongyang, Seoul, South Korea, United States, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK)
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