US military sends another spy plane near North Korea as part of its ICBM test opportunity

SEOUL, March 15 (Yonhap) — The U.S. military flew another large intelligence-gathering aircraft over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday as Seoul and Washington were on alert for a possible long-range rocket test. carried by North Korea, according to a flight-tracking service.

The Japan-based RC-135S Cobra Ball spy plane made a sortie around the peninsula, Flightradar24 showed a day after the United States sent an RC-135V Rivet Joint reconnaissance plane here, reportedly in the purpose of monitoring North Korean military activities.

The move came amid reports that the North may be ready for a test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) following back-to-back tests of related systems.

“We are following and monitoring (North Korean activities) closely,” a South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff official told reporters on condition of anonymity and stressed that South Korea was maintaining a defensive posture. “closed”.

The allies, in particular, reportedly closely monitored Sunan airfield and some other sites where the North carried out missile tests.

Earlier today, the Voice of America reported that signs emerged of the North having two strips of concrete in place at the airfield. The Washington-based outlet cited recent commercial satellite imagery.

The secret north has a practice of placing a transporter erector launcher (TEL) on a concrete strip to fire a missile in what appears to be a move to improve missile accuracy and prevent the TEL from being damaged, a he pointed out.

Last Friday, Seoul and Washington accused Pyongyang of carrying out a new ICBM system test on February 27 and March 5 before a full-range launch, rejecting the North’s claim that the twin tests were part of efforts to develop a “reconnaissance satellite”. “