Trump to host S Korea's Moon for White House talks

Trump to host S Korea's Moon for White House talks

A suspected North Korean drone has been discovered by Seoul near the country's border, according to South Korean military officials.

Despite their longstanding differences - the two countries are still technically at war - South and North Korea have a strong shared footballing history.

The drone, which was found near a South Korean border town last week, had several hundred stored images, the news service reported, citing to a South Korean Defense Ministry official.

The drone was believed to have crashed because it ran short of fuel while returning to the North.

THAAD, an anti-missile defense system aimed at defending against North Korean missiles, has been a contentious deployment in South Korea, as well as the region.

About 10 of them were aerial shots of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system - more than 100 miles away from the border - which is created to shoot North Korea's ballistic missiles down before they can do damage, the official said.

Seoul estimates that Pyongyang operates over 300 drones for military purposes and that, if the origin of the new device is confirmed, it would be a demonstration of North Korea's progress in espionage and use of military technology.

THAAD's deployment has been sharply opposed by China, North Korea's main ally and economic supporter, which claims the real reason behind Washington's deployment is to spy on and contain Chinese - not just North Korean - military assets.

President Moon Jae-in spoke Tuesday in opening remarks during his first official visit to Yongsan Garrison for a meeting with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

Trump too has signaled a willingness to try a different tack with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"The summit holds extra significance as it comes at a time when a close and firm South Korea-U.S. alliance is particularly important".

This comes as South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered his military to ratchet up national security preparations.

Han added, "As media reports suggested, the drone could inflict harm by mounting biological weapons and a shooting system".

Seoul closed down the Kaesong Industrial Complex in February 2016 in response to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

While the more hawkish elements in South Korea supported the deployment, many in the country anxious about how Beijing's reaction would affect South Korean businesses and nationals living in China.

"It is rather South Korea who has more demand for drones".

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