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South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported on Friday, April 1, 2016, at about 10:58 a.m. local time, that the North Korean government jammed the Global Positioning System (GPS) in South Korea. This action has escalated hostilities with the South Korean government. Through the country’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, it was learned that this disruption caused the navigation of 110 ships and planes to be compromised. The Pyongyang-based government was reported to have disrupted the GPS signals using large amounts of radio waves.
Seoul issued a warning to its carriers in and near the capital, as well as in the city of Incheon and other nearby provinces. Although navigation was affected, no reported damage has been observed. The move by the Communist country to the north began in March, but the strength of the disruptions has increased.
Earlier in the day, while at a global security summit in Washington, D.C., U.S. President Barack Obama met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They recommitted themselves to each other’s defense while also discussing increasing sanctions against Pyongyang.
President Obama also reportedly had discussions with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, concerning the belligerence of the North. China is North Korea’s closest ally.
By Bob Reinhard
Edited by Jeanette Smith
Yonhap News Agency: Pyongyang’s GPS disruption affects 110 plans, vessels
Reuters: U.S., Japan, South Korea warn North Korea over ‘provocations’
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