Russia Violated Airspace and South Korea Fired Warning Shots; North Korea’s Kim Inspects Ballistic Submarine
South Korea fires warning shots at Russian military aircraft in its airspace
The South Korean military fired two warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul said, and Chinese military aircraft had also entered South Korean airspace, Reuters reported.
It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, a ministry official said.
The warplane was one of three Russian aircraft to enter the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) early on Tuesday. Two Chinese military aircraft also entered the KADIZ, the defence ministry said in a statement.
There was no immediate public comment from Russian or Chinese officials.
The South Korean government would lodge official complaints about the violations with China and Russia, the defence ministry in Seoul said.
According to the South Korean military, the Russian aircraft then violated South Korean airspace over Dokdo – an island that is occupied by South Korea and also claimed by Japan, which calls it Takeshima – just after 9 a.m. (midnight GMT Monday).
“The South Korean military took tactical action including dropping flares and firing a warning shot,” the defence ministry statement said.
North Korea’s Kim inspects new submarine, signals possible ballistic missile development
Kim inspected the operational and tactical data and combat weapon systems of the new submarine which was built under “his special attention” and will be operational in the waters off the east coast, Reuters reported, according KCNA .
KCNA said the submarine’s operational deployment was near.
“The operational capacity of a submarine is an important component in national defence of our country bounded on its east and west by sea,” Kim said.
KCNA did not describe the kind of weapons systems the submarine contained or where and when the inspection took place.
North Korea has a large submarine fleet but only one known experimental submarine capable of carrying a ballistic missile.
Analysts said that based on the apparent size of the new submarine it appears designed to eventually carry missiles.
“We can clearly see that it is a massive submarine – much larger than the existing one that’s been well known since 2014,” said Ankit Panda, senior fellow at the U.S.-based Federation of American Scientists.
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