U. S. Aerial Espionage Against Korea

January 4, 2004

The following items are reprinted from the Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang, December 31.

The U.S. imperialist war maniacs committed aerial espionage on the DPRK at least on 180 occasions in December by mobilizing strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes of different missions, according to a military source. On Dec. 29 a U-2 high-altitude strategic reconnaissance plane that took off at a U.S. Air Force base in south Korea carried out an aerial espionage on the whole area of the DPRK, flying above the areas of Tokjok island, Phochon and Sokcho for long hours. Earlier, on Dec. 8, 9 and 10 an RC-135 strategic reconnaissance plane based overseas made shuttle flights above the areas of Taebu island, Yangphyong and Yangyang for espionage on the depth of the DPRK.

On Dec. 26 an EP-3 electronic reconnaissance plane searched the coast and seabed of the DPRK while making shuttle flights above the East Sea and West Sea of Korea. On Dec. 16, 17 and 18 an E-3 commanding plane commanded flying corps engaged in a war exercise while flying above the areas of Kongju, Yongdong and Richon and, at the same time, committed an espionage on objects of the north side along the Military Demarcation Line.

The U.S. imperialists also let fly RC-7B, RC-12, RF-4C and other tactical reconnaissance planes for an aerial espionage on the frontline and coastal areas of the north side by shuttle flights between Tokjok island and Phochon areas and between Phochon and Sokcho areas.

Such aerial espionage fully shows that the U.S. imperialists are watching for a chance to make a surprise attack on the DPRK in a bid to stifle it by "strength".

Vigilant Self-Defense

In a joint New Year's day Editorial, the leading newspapers in the DPRK, "Rodong Sinmun," "Josoninmingun" and "Chongnyonjonwi" said:

Last year witnessed such tragic developments in the international arena as the world peace was wantonly violated by the imperialists' strong-arm policy and their moves for aggression. This reality proved that it is impossible to protect the sovereignty of the nation and world peace unless the U.S. "logic of strength" is countered with force.

The present situation on the Korean peninsula has reached a grave phase due to the Bush administration's extremely hostile policy toward the DPRK. Consistent is our principled stand to seek a negotiated peaceful solution to the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the U.S. But we will always react with the toughest policy to the U.S. hardline policy of totally denying and threatening the dignified idea and system of our style. This is a legitimate option for self-defence as it is aimed to defend the nation's sovereignty and right to existence and ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the region.

We will in the future, too, develop our relations with various countries of the world in the idea of independence, peace and friendship and make positive efforts to build a new peaceful and independent world.