CBRN Assessment

Seoul asks Washington to increase surveillance of North Korea

14 December 2016

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has asked the United States to deploy more surveillance and reconnaissance assets to the Korean Peninsula, an MND official told IHS Jane's on 13 December.

"The request was made because of the threats posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes and recent hostility," the official said. The spokesperson, however, declined to provide details about the requested assets.

Yonhap news agency had reported a day earlier that the MND had stepped up monitoring of 'suspicious activities' carried out by North Korean military forces and requested additional support from the US.

There are concerns in both Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang could carry out some form of military provocation to mark the upcoming inauguration of US president-elect Donald Trump.

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