- SEOUL -- North Korea on Wednesday
accused the US military of conducting at least 180 flights to spy on the
communist country in December and claimed that Washington was mapping out
a surprise attack.
- The US military used U-2 spy planes and other reconnaissance
aircraft for the flights, North Korea's official news agency KCNA reported.
- On December 29, a U-2 plane carried out aerial observations
over the whole area of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the report
- "Such aerial espionage fully shows that the US imperialists
are watching for a chance to make a surprise attack on the DPRK in a bid
to stifle it by strength," KCNA said.
- North Korea has made such accusations earlier also. The
US military does not comment on North Korean claims about spy flights,
although it acknowledges monitoring the North's military activity.
- Washington keeps 37,000 troops stationed in South Korea
as a deterrent against the North's 1.1-million-strong force - a legacy
of the 1950-53 Korean War.
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