(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Chae-rim Ha = A US reconnaissance plane scrambled into the East Sea as North Korea’s preparations for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch were caught on the eve of the South Korea-US summit.
On the morning of the 19th, the RC-135S ‘Cobra Ball’ of the US Air Force’s reconnaissance aircraft exposed the traces of its movement from the US base in Japan to the East Sea.
It is known that the Cobra Ball reconnaissance aircraft’s flight to the East Sea was intended to monitor North Korea’s ballistic missile launches.
The RC-135S, which started from the Kadena base in Okinawa, Japan, is a state-of-the-art electro-optical device that can track the trajectory of a ballistic missile from a long distance. This reconnaissance aircraft, specialized in detecting and tracking ballistic missiles, is said to have reconnaissanced around Pyongyang, North Korea, while flying over the East Sea.
While the first South Korea-US summit since the inauguration of President Yun Seok-yeol is scheduled to be held in Seoul on the 21st, the imminent trend of North Korea’s ICBM test launch has been detected by South Korean and American authorities.
North Korea needs to inject fuel and oxidizer before launching a liquid fuel-powered Hwasong-type ICBM.
Recently, as North Korea’s ballistic missile provocations have become more frequent, Cobra Ball reconnaissance aircraft are also scrambled to the East Sea more frequently.
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