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DPRK accuses S Korea of using story about spy drones for politics
Last Updated: 2014-05-12 16:01 | CE.cn/Agencies
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is not linked with unmanned aerial systems found in South Korea, a group of experts of the DPRK state defense committee stated. The DPRK also accused South Korea Sunday of fabricating a story about crashed spy drones in order to divert attention from its ferry disaster.

The drones were recovered in three different locations in the South between March 24 and April 6.

South Korea's defense ministry last week called them "a clear military provocation" and said it had "smoking gun" proof that they had all been flown from the DPRK.

The DPRK defense committee noted that the drone affair had been opened in Seoul "to deteriorate relations with compatriots in the DPRK," news agency KCNA reported.

The country's defense committee noted that South Korean authorities "had undertaken one more act of propagandistic farce" on May 8 stating that three drones found in South Korea in March and April had been launched from the DPRK. Meanwhile, the South Korean Defense Ministry has cited technical expertise results.

In this regard, the DPRK demanded repeatedly South Korea should "stop backstage manipulations and hold a joint investigation of all circumstances of three unmanned aerial systems found in South Korea." "The DPRK is not linked with these drones," the statement runs.

On May 8, Seoul stated the detailed examination of electronic equipment of the drones had found that they acted according to the software program which "envisaged a surveillance flight over the most important military facilities in South Korea and return of unmanned aerial systems to the DPRK."

On April 11, the South Korean Defense Ministry has made public the same intermediate results of a survey conducted jointly with US specialists.

Pyongyang on Friday denied accusations from Seoul that it sent small, unarmed drone aircraft over the border recently. Three of the drones crashed and were analyzed by the South, which said they came from the DPRK.

Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the DPRK, said the claim that the drones came from the DPRK was part of a "heinous conspiratorial farce" aimed at making the DPRK look like it is engaging in belligerent behavior.

It added that Seoul is trying to provoke a war.

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