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North Korean drone incursion: Seoul apologizes for not shooting them down


The South Korean military apologized on Tuesday (December 27th) for failing to shoot down five North Korean drones that crossed the border...

South Korea's military on Tuesday (December 27th) apologized for failing to shoot down five North Korean drones that crossed the inter-Korean border on Monday, after facing widespread criticism for its lack of preparation.

Yesterday, five enemy drones invaded South Korean airspace, and our military detected and tracked them, but we apologize that we were unable to shoot them down

,” the South Joint Chiefs of Staff said. -Korean (JCS) in a statement.

Monday's incursion prompted Seoul to fire warning shots and deploy fighter jets and helicopter gunships to bring down the drones, one of which had reached airspace near Seoul.

All the drones seem to have returned to the North despite a hunt that lasted five hours.

“Very insufficient” preparation

The JCS acknowledged that while the military can counter "

attack drones that pose a real threat

", there is a limit to their ability to detect and strike smaller spy drones.

As a result, the army's lack of preparedness has caused a lot of public concern

,” he added.

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol told a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that the incident showed the military's state of readiness was "

very inadequate


Yoon Suk-yeol ordered the acceleration of a project to launch a unit of drones to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance operations of North Korea's main military installations.

The plan calls for the introduction of advanced stealth drones.

The foray into South Korean airspace was the first in five years and comes after a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang.

Source: lefigaro

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