DPRK says US committed over 210 espionage flights in November

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday accused the United States of committing more than 210 espionage flights over its territories in November.

Spy planes flew at least 200 hours of espionage missions over all areas of the DPRK in November, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. This means the daily flights averaged nearly seven hours.

"On Nov. 22, their two U-2s made shuttle flights in the sky over the east and west seas of the south side along the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) including the area 120 km west of Tokjok Islet, Phochon and Sokcho to spy on the strategic targets on the north side," the KCNA quoted a military source as saying.

"On Nov. 4, 9, 15 and 17, overseas-based RC-135 strategic reconnaissance planes flew in the air above the east and west seas of Korea to spy on the major targets in the north," the source said.

"Meanwhile, similar espionage was perpetrated more frequently than ever before by RC-12, RC-7B, E-3, EP-3 and other tactical and electronic reconnaissance planes against the north," he said.

The report added that this was an all-time high as far as monthly averages were concerned, and accused the US of using a smokescreen of dialogue to shield a show of arms.

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