N Korea Accuses US Of
Spy Flights, Planning Attack


SEOUL -- North Korea on Wednesday accused the US military of conducting at least 180 flights to spy on the communist country in December and claimed that Washington was mapping out a surprise attack.
The US military used U-2 spy planes and other reconnaissance aircraft for the flights, North Korea's official news agency KCNA reported.
On December 29, a U-2 plane carried out aerial observations over the whole area of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the report claimed.
"Such aerial espionage fully shows that the US imperialists are watching for a chance to make a surprise attack on the DPRK in a bid to stifle it by strength," KCNA said.
North Korea has made such accusations earlier also. The US military does not comment on North Korean claims about spy flights, although it acknowledges monitoring the North's military activity.
Washington keeps 37,000 troops stationed in South Korea as a deterrent against the North's 1.1-million-strong force - a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.
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