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A North Korean drone has landed north of Seoul

A North Korean drone has landed north of Seoul

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A North Korean drone has landed north of Seoul

A North Korean drone has landed north of Seoul

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South Korean military officials say North Korea has fired five drones across their shared border.

The country's Joint Chiefs of Staff said: "Unmanned aerial vehicles" violated South Korean airspace in the border area around Gyeonggi Province.

The drone flew over the northern edge of the capital Seoul before returning across the border.

Jets and attack helicopters were deployed, but 100 rounds fired from the helicopters failed to shoot them down.

A South Korean military official said they had lost track of all the drones, but they were no longer flying.

The attack comes at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, with the North carrying out a record number of missile tests this year.

The drones were seen crossing the border at 10:30 am local time (01:30 GMT).

A South Korean fighter jet involved in the operation, a KA-1 light attack aircraft, later crashed, but its two pilots escaped unhurt.

The plane crashed in Hoengseong district, east of Seoul, shortly after taking off from an air base in the nearby city of Wonju, Yonhap news agency quoted the air force as saying.

South Korea suspended takeoffs and landings at its Incheon and Gimpo airports for about an hour.

A South Korean military official called the latest aggression a clear provocation by Pyongyang.

"Our military will continue to respond thoroughly and decisively to North Korea's provocations," the army added.

In response, South Korea's military said it had sent surveillance planes to the North to photograph its military installations.

The last time a North Korean drone crossed the border was five years ago in June 2017, when tensions between the two Koreas were at their highest.

North Korean drones pose a security threat to South Korea as they can be used both for spying and for attacking South Korea.

Earlier this month, the North claimed to have carried out major tests needed to develop the first spy satellite that could be used to monitor South Korea. It released an aerial photo of Seoul that it said was taken during the test.

Experts believe North Korea is working to refine and improve its weapons and is pressuring the United States to ease sanctions in any future talks.

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