Reports: North Korea jamming South's air traffic navigation
A Korean Air jet makes a landing at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on Wednesday.
May 3rd, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Reports: North Korea jamming South's air traffic navigation

North Korea has been busy for the past week, trying to jam the navigation signals going to civilian aircraft over South Korea, according to reports in South Korean media.

Through Wednesday afternoon, the GPS satellite signals to more than 250 aircraft have been affected, the Chosun Ilbo reported, citing South Korea's Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs Ministry.

Planes from Korean Air, Japan Airlines, FedEx, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways have been affected, Bloomberg news reported, citing the Land Ministry.

The jamming began April 28, according to a report from Dong-A Ilbo.

The planes have been able to use other systems to keep on their courses, according to the reports.

The planes affected were either taking off or landing at Incheon or Gimpo international airports or flying over the central region of the country, according to the reports.

The jamming signals were coming from the Kaesong area of North Korea, Chosun Ilbo reported, citing a staffer at the Korea Communications Commission.

The jamming comes after North Korea threatened to initiate "special actions" aimed at destroying the South Korean president and his government.

North Korean armed forces will use "unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style" to carry out the actions, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a report.

It did not specify what those actions would involve.

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  1. matthew

    South korea what a bunch of wimps. The north does so much to them and the south does nothing about it.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Calvin

      S. Korean have been restrainted by the US and its allies, folks. We do not need another war, empty head!

      May 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You idiot. The South Koreans and the U.S both know that the North is unpredictable and childish. No action is the best action in order to avoid any nuclear conflict.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott from NH

      That's because the south does not want to start a war, for what should be overwhelmingly obvious reasons.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeanutButts

      Korean companies like samsung are doing great in the market! A war will be a big blow to their economy. Leave NK alone, think of them as a 5 year old child trying to be smart and funny.

      May 3, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jimdog33

    Can someone silence this whining baby? Or stop writing about them in the media, which is their goal to promote attention. Divert all air & sea traffic around NK along with any & all foreign aid. Nighty night NK

    May 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Calvin

      The US haqd couple hundred old CPU bomb in reserved storage. Let gift it to South Korean and drop in North Korean's mouth instead feeding them . I am very sure, they will be "alive".

      May 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. On Second Thought

    Disrupting GPS signals huh? Perhaps they are testing a way to disable the GPS navigation systems on those new South Korean cruise missiles that were just deployed. And do not all of our American weapons systems also use GPS navigation to find their targets. Just wondering...

    May 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • egdurd

      If anything ever reached the point of dropping bombs or launching missiles, the first thing that's going to be targeted is electronic facilities, taking out whatever limited jamming capabilities they have. The thing with any type of jamming is that in order to do it, you instantly give away your transmitting position. And even if they are successful in jamming the signal, all GPS guided smart munitions have fall backs to non-GPS targeting just for this reason. They may not be as precise, but when you're dropping JDAMs you don't exactly have to have pinpoint accuracy. And of course there's always just the old fashion way of dropping dumb bombs.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeanutButts

      The GPS that we know of is a civilian sattelite used for civillian stuff. I dont think the US army would use a GPS system used by civilians. Just an opinion.

      May 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    I just left South Korea after being station at camp humphreys for 2 years. North Korea is really digging themselves in deep this time around. South Korea is far beyond fed up with this sort of action, not remind anyone of "North Korea's" allegged sinking of a ship 2 years ago... I feel this is certainly going to escalate here in the next couple of weeks.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Rick

    This is Kim Jong Un's "special style"? Next they will train skunks to navigate through the minefields and bring havok to South Korea! ~Insert menacing laugh here~

    May 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Imperious Leader

    There is no law that prevents the "assassination" of Bin Laden. US law, it is my understanding, says that such actions can not taken against foreign heads of state. Bin Laden wasn't a head of state, so it wouldn't apply. "Taking out" the leader of North Korea would be against the law.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • beubanks7507

      There is actually no law against assassinating another head of state. Just an executive order. That can be rescinded at any time. Frankly, I think the best way to handle North Korea is to just start at the top and work our way down putting the countries' leaders in graves. The people will be demoralized by the loss of their leaders and the remaining leaders will get the point that antagonizing the rest of the world is probably not a good idea.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • King

      Demoralized? They'd probably throw a party and blast all the music the government outlawed.

      May 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ravi

      I agree that the regime has to be removed, but any attack by a foreign power can have opposite effect. The regime can use that to ignite the patriotic sentiments of the people.
      "...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country" – Hermann Göring

      May 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ravi

      @beubanks7507
      I agree that the regime has to be removed, but any attack by a foreign power can have opposite effect. The regime can use that to ignite the patriotic sentiments of the people.
      "...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country" – Hermann Göring

      May 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Weix

      I doubt the people of North Korea will be demoralized by the death of Kim Jong. They will be overjoyed. The death of Kim Jong, like his father, will also be a blessing for hair styles in North Korea.

      May 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh

      any chit chat of the USA attacking the North is just purely ignorant........
      Why are dolts incapable of understanding the Korean Peninsula?

      May 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Because they aren't stationed on the peninsula, like I am. Are you? If not, it's likely you don't understand it either.

      May 4, 2012 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

      Funny, that same talk is coming from politicians and military experts also. But I’m sure you know better than they do.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      How about the US targeting / assassination of US citizens by unarmed drones?

      Back to N. Korea... It's time to send them a message that they can't act like a spoiled child whenever it pleases them. Cut off aid until we see evidence of real reforms. It's time for a "Korean spring."

      May 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Agreed, cut all nk aid, and expel all nk diplomats.

      May 4, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim D.

      Excellent observation. However, we all know about those Black Ops missions that skirt the law...

      May 3, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Don't assassinate him, just use drones to bomb all of their infrastructure

      May 4, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    How long do we continue to let NK keep playing their stupid games? Between them and the other roque "countries", it has to come to a stop. I'm fed up.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Eric Talbott

    How about the USA just reciprocate on a grand scale jam everything they have into oblivion? We have far superior jamming capabilities than North Korea.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • 1amazed1

      I agree

      May 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from L.A.

      No, We blanket the country with ECM, China and Russia will be able to study it and make counters.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jc

    NK is made because their missile was a dudd and they were caught posing mock missles and drones, and we found out that they used a 49.00 dollar template website for their state website.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Tom

    a massive EMP burst over NK would be awesome.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JT

      LOL... a massive EMP bomb over N. Korea woud do about as much as a massive EMP bomb over antarctica...

      May 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jammed

    Ohhhh North Korea wants to play games hugh? They better be careful what they do, if the south is pushed too far there will be h ell unleased onto North Korea, pain, fear, destruction, chaos, and death. That h ell is called war and no humankind has not yet learned its leason over the last few thousand years.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jake

    Awe yeah but they would miss eachother if they were gone

    May 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Duane

    Seems to me this is an act of war

    May 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Antlive

    SOUTH KOREA SHOULD BE BLOWN OFF THE MAP

    May 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Scotthish Mama

    Is that an act of war? I mean it does put lives in jeopardy.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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