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. Roy Savary

    I read somewhere that everything that goes wrong during BO's administration is Bush's fault, so if this is wrong, this too is Bush's fault. But what about Eric Holder? Is he Bushs' fault too? Someone please splain it to me...

    May 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chit

      No matter what party the sitting President is, the opposing party says everything is his fault. The same goes for past Presidents. Don't make any sense, I know.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • okkkkkkk

      Way to make it about that. You've proven the bush is wrong theory.... TRUE.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • just wondering

      Bush's only problem was momma didnt swallow problem would have been solved

      May 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • buck

      Roy I believe everything I read, just like you. Critical thinking is so hard when you can go to FOX/Ailes/Murdoch instead and have it done for me.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      There just isn't enough time in the day, sorry.

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

      Why don't you explain how your question is relevant to this story?

      May 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ironfray

      In this situation, it's no ones fault. However, it is your fault that you have an a s s for a brain.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ironfray

      One airplane goes down.. new North Korean teenage leader is going to feel what it's like to be a fried pig.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    When are these !diots going to be gotten rid of? Enough is enough!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack 63

    Program a missile to follow the signal to the point of origin. Since N Korea is so interested in missile technology that would be a real treat for them.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bat21

      I'm sure the S. Koreans have plenty of HARM missles that would do the job just fine!

      May 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Actually they should send and F-22. It's radar is capable of being focused and used as a electronic warfare weapon. It can fry the electronics of the jammer and the North Koreans won't even know it was around.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    SPEAKING of PLANES. A veteran with cancer goes into Spirit airport and buys a ticket. He finds out after he buys the ticket he cannot fly on a plane. He calls Spirit and they tell him his ticket is non-refundable because he did not pay the $14. for insuance. The CEO, a MR. Baldanso? says the Spirit does not want to set a presidence of refunding.
    BOYCOTT Spirit for the vet. Spirit did start a precedence of $50. baggage carry and will also start a $100. baggage in November.
    You would think the CEO would have given it out of his bonus. NOPE. Stingy.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      By the way Spirit more than QUADRupled its profits over this 1st quarter last year. Can you say cheapskates?

      May 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. just Me

    Time for a cruise missile to home in on the North Korean jamming station.

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

      Well, except North Korea is effectively controlled by China who uses it as a negotiation tool with the West. Whenever the West complains of human rights violations in China (ie. Chen's escape to the US embassy) North Korea mysteriously "wakes up" and become more belligerent than before... China IS pulling all the strings.

      May 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Parker

    You should keep that information to your self Tori.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John N. Seattle, WA

    Nothing a few HARM missiles couldn't handle!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. buck

    Looks like North Korea won't stop provocative acts until it is invaded.

    Setting a new bar for international stupidity.

    Maybe the North Korean govt wants to be invaded as the solution to their food and economy problems.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SteveD

    Hello!!!... is this Private Smith... yes sir !!! Private Smith here...this is Captain Jones.... Smith.. can you turn lazer beam
    french fryer thing down at that piece land that say's NK on it, and hit the scrambler button....i'm having trouble with
    the reception on my am/fm radio. Ok Cap Jones... where are we going to lunch todayt sir... the Sizzler ?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NOT Tori

    Still not Tori. Just a little jacker jacker bo backer who is jealous of the real one. Awwww, poor widdle baby, nobody taking you seriously today?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Not Tori, thank you for taking umbrage on behalf of the real Tori. The jacker was all over the place today but I must missed this.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Percy

    Geez–they must still be upset about losing that free food deal ;-)

    May 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. inurface

    Their income is the only reason they consider themselves republican so what is your excuse?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JonPeter

    This is the ideal situiation to use RF seeking missles to take out the sites where the jamming is originating from. If a few N.Korean sites get hit it will be difficult for them to deny they were the source of the problem. I also believe N. Korea is all talk and incapable of escalating. prior to responding, we sould cut off all food and fuel aid. The N. Korean military is dependednt on aid intended for the citizens.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rodeoguy

    This is an attack on the safety of civilians. A problem that should be solved with one Tomahawk Cruise Missle.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ignoremyignorance

    Sounds like a certain "tiny-dictator" has been watching Die Hard 2 again.... Someone please send him a copy of Team America, so he knows how his little story ends.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
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