U.S. Reconnaissance Aircraft Conducts Surveillance Flight Over South Korea

SEOUL — Amid escalating tensions resulting from North Korea's recent weapons tests, a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane was observed flying over South Korea on Tuesday. This operation appears to be aimed at closely monitoring North Korean military activities, as reported by aviation tracking sources.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the RC-135U Combat Sent, which specializes in the collection and analysis of foreign military radar signals, embarked on its mission from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. Its flight path included areas over the Yellow Sea, as well as South Korea's Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces and the East Sea. This deployment is part of the United States' ongoing surveillance efforts in response to Pyongyang's series of weapons tests this year, including a recent test of what North Korea described as a "cruise missile super-large warhead power test" last Friday. The RC-135U's operations are crucial for gathering intelligence on North Korea's military capabilities by locating and identifying foreign military radar signals.

The flight of the RC-135U follows a similar mission by a U.S. RC-135W Rivet Joint, which conducted surveillance flights over South Korea subsequent to North Korea's claimed test of an underwater nuclear attack drone last month.

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