South Korea names new minister to handle North Korea ties

South Korea names new minister to handle North Korea ties

The South Korean Defense Ministry on Tuesday released this photo, taken Friday, of a suspected North Korean drone.

The region is also home to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system installed by the US and recently made operational despite objections from North Korea and its neighboring ally, China.

In January previous year South Korean soldiers fired warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone that crossed the western part of the border, the most sensitive part of the Demilitarised Zone.

The leaders will seek to “advance cooperation on economic and global issues” and “will also coordinate on North Korea-related issues, including countering the growing North Korean nuclear and missile threats”, it added.

North Korea has been accused of spying on South Korea after a suspected Pyongyang drone was spotted on the site of a USA missile interceptor system, Seoul’s military officials said Tuesday.

North Korea’s state-run Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station aired two satellite images of the THAAD deployment site and the ballistic missile defense batteries in May.

In August 2007, he accompanied then South Korean spy chief Kim Man-bok in secretly visiting North Korea for the summit.

A suspected North Korean drone photographed a USA missile defence system in South Korea before it crashed near the border where it was found last week, Seoul’s Defence Ministry said Tuesday. North Korea, which tested nuclear devices twice previous year, has conducted missile tests four times since Moon’s election in May. China also opposes the deployment because it worries that THAAD’s powerful radar system can peer into its own territory. The official said more analysis was being done, including trying to determine if the drone had already transmitted those 10 photos on the THAAD site.

The distance between the border with North Korea and the site of the THAAD system is about 270 kilometers (167.7 miles).

Over the decades since the peninsula was divided, dozens of North Korean soldiers have fled to the South through the zone which extends for two km either side of the actual border. North Korea is believed to have 300 drones in its arsenal, according to the AP report.

KFA president Chung Mong-Gyu told reporters that the North – which does not have formal diplomatic ties with Japan or South Korea – would likely be keen to host if the other countries all agreed to participate. In 2014, several other suspected North Korean drones were found south of the border and experts said they were low-tech but could be considered as a potential security threat.