Sources in Soul South Korea said today that in view of he increasing tensions with the North, the United States has started to deploy Predator attack drones to the area. That statement was confirmed by a U.S. military spokesman on Monday. The move comes just days after the U.S. began to deploy it’s most advanced anti-missile system to counter “continued provocative actions” by the provocative North Korean regime.
The deployment of the new attack drones,is part of a broader plan to deploy a company of the attack drones with every division in the U.S. Army, the spokesman said. “The UAS adds significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to U.S. Forces Korea and our ROK partners,” United States Forces Korea spokesman Christopher Bush said in a statement.
Despite pressure from the United Nations, its chief trading partner China, and most of the rest of the world, North Korea has continued to conduct tests not only of atomic weapons, but it has also conducted a string of banned ballistic missile tests since the beginning of last year, despite the imposition of new U.N. Sanctions. New U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Washington was re-evaluating its North Korea strategy and “all options are on the table.”
Mr. Bush said: The Gray Eagle is a remotely controlled attack drone made by U.S.-based General Atomics. They will be stationed at Kunsan Air Base, 180 km (112 miles) south of Seoul.” He later added that the deployment would be a new part of the long range defense plans for the area.
Another element of the new super-high tech defense plans for the South include the March 7, deployment of the “first elements” of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system to South Korea. That action was taken despite angry opposition from China. Once fully deployed in South Korea, a THAAD battery could theoretically use its radar to see and monitor activity beyond North Korea, deep into Chinese territory. Russia also worries the deployment could compromise its security, and said it would lead to a stalemate on the Korean peninsula.