The South Korean military fired warning shots at an unidentified aircraft believed to be a drone seen flying over the demilitarized zone separating them from the aggressive North Korean regime to their north.
Although the South Korean military was not able to identify the aircraft, more than 90 rounds were fired at it from an undisclosed weapon or weapons before the aircraft disappeared from radar screens and they lost visual contact with it. This event occurred as tensions between North and South Korea are at near-historic highs in the face of repeated ballistic missile launches, nuclear weapons testing, and aggressive threats being levied by the North toward South Korea and its most powerful ally, the United States. North Korea has conducted successful ballistic missile tests as recently as this past Sunday.
While South Korean officials were unable to confirm what exactly the aircraft was, there is historic precedent indicating that the aircraft was likely a drone. Early last year, another unidentified aircraft believed to be a drone approached the border dividing the two nations from the North. The South Korean military issued a number of warning broadcasts before ultimately choosing to fire warning shots from a machine gun at the craft, which promptly turned about and returned to North Korean airspace.
“It’s very likely these were trying to figure out troop disposition,” said retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer at the time. “The second thing they were trying to do was probably provocation.”