03 May 2017

News Report: US Global Hawk Drone Arrives at Base in Japan to Monitor North Korea Activities

An US Global Hawk drone landed at its temporary base in Tokyo to monitor North Korean activities, local media reported.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to NHK media outlet, the unmanned reconnaissance aircraft arrived at the US Yokota Air Base late on Monday and would stay there until October. Four more Global Hawk drones are set to arrive at Yokota in the near future.

The US drones had been previously deployed at the US Misawa Air Base in Japan's northern prefecture of Aomori, though the work to revamp the runway at the base forced the US forces to switch to Yokota.

The situation on the Korean peninsula aggravated in recent months as North Korea carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests.

The most recent missile test allegedly took place on Saturday from a site north of Pyongyang. Japan, South Korea and the United States said the test appeared to have failed as the missile broke up within North Korean territory.

This story first appeared on Sputnik & is reposted here with permission.