A joint South Korea-U.S. investigative team looking into the three unmanned aerial vehicles that were discovered in South Korea over a two-week period starting in late March has stated definitively that they were sent from the North.
Kim Min-seok, a spokesman for the South\’s defence ministry, said the provenance of the unmanned aerial vehicles was confirmed after a joint South Korea-US study of the GPS coordinates stored in their systems.
The drones were recovered from three separate locations near the inter-Korean border between March 24 and April 6, the ministry said.
One of the drones was discovered with pictures of sensitive government locations, including the South Korean presidential Blue House.
"We have confirmed that all three UAVs originated from North Korea," Kim said.
"North Korea\’s action is a clear military provocation that violates the armistice and the South-North non-aggression agreement," the ministry said in a statement.
Pyongyang has firmly denied sending the planes. It says Seoul is making up the story in order to make it look bad.
The drones are not technically advanced and were unable to deliver weapons, but their presence raised questions about Seoul\’s air defenses.
The North\’s state media boasted about what they call the country\’s "super precision drone planes," which have also been featured in military parades.
Seoul has said that certain unspecified parts of the drones came from other countries, including China.
The North Korea Tech website recently discovered pictures of a Chinese drone that looks very much like the ones found crashed on South Korean territory.
China has not commented on the finding.