US flies spy aircraft over Korean Peninsula

TOKYO, A US reconnaissance plane flew above the Korean Peninsula Monday on an apparent mission to monitor North Korea amid concerns Pyongyang could undertake additional military provocations, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The plane, believed to be a RC-135W Ribet Joint, was spotted flying in the skies above South Korea’s Yellow Sea and capital areas “on task over the Korean Peninsula,” Aircraft Spots said. It did not specify the exact time of the operation.

The operation is the latest in a series of the US military’s deployment of several surveillance planes over the peninsula in recent days, which came as North Korea has ratcheted up tensions through military movements. On Thursday, it test-fired a super-large multiple rocket launcher as the 13th round of major weapons tests so far this year.

On November 23, the North carried out coastal artillery firing drills under the guidance of its leader Kim Jong-un on the Yellow Sea border islet. Such acts came ahead of the year-end deadline that Pyongyang set for Washington to show flexibility in nuclear negotiations, which have made little progress since the breakdown of their summit in Hanoi in February.

Source: Kuwait News Agency