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. Jim Weix

    For whatever reason, the United States did not finish the job in the 1950s.
    Now, with the new technology that requires no foot soldiers,we can do what we should have done then: eliminate North Korea's silly government.
    Kim Jong is obviously a genetic defect like his father was. It is time to clean the gene pool.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dan in Hong Kong

    S Korea should jam the DPRKs tv and radio with cooking shows....?

    May 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. MetalEng73

    Well, if by 'peculiar' they mean antiquated and easily worked around... then mission accomplished!

    May 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. NOT GOOD

    I know I could take out at least 75 and the leader, who is with me? Enough p*ssyfooting around. We need to close this chapter!

    May 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. zulux

    Jam action requires a honey response.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. TheGreenMan

    You can imagine the South Korean's defective and spineless thinking in that scenario; " They've jammed our air signals, best we appease them by getting the US taxpayer to send them more FOOD AID '

    May 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. PeanutButts

    I think that signal is from Kim Jong Un's suppa big satellite dish trying to get the NBA playoffs.

    May 3, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mickey1313

    I can't believe this is not considered an act of war. We need ( the international community) to put an end to nk, if China doesn't force them to stop, we should carpet bomb the poop out of them

    May 4, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Read history

      We already have. It's also one of the reasons the NK people still blindlessly support their corrupt government.

      May 4, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      We should, huh? Ok. Why don't you get into the military and come get stationed with me less than 25 miles from the DMZ. Then let's see if you still think so.

      May 4, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

      Jeremy is right. He didn’t join the military to fight. He joined to sit back on his bum and cash his pay check.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • coldtexan

      Nice thought. What happens to you and your 7 kids when China calls in the mortgage of your single-wide?

      May 4, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Peter

    On the brighter side, flights into and out of SK now allows you to use your electronic devices while in the aircraft.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Another Chen GuangChen

    Frankly, North Korea does not have that Jamming capability. It is part of the test that Chinese Government wants to test South Korea's Air defense and electronic capability. Where do all North Korean military hardwares and technologies come from? Does Chinese Government love the West and South Korea? Off Course, Not. It tried all mean to destabilize U.S and South Korean's progress as much as possible. It used stupid and stubborn North Korean Government in its advantage. It makes U.S busy in all fronts from Middle East to South East Asia. The chinese already kicked U.S out of South Africa, and eating U.S lunch in South America, and Europeans are already its agenda.....

    May 4, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

      Provide your source or take your tin foil hat and go home.

      May 4, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • leukevent

      Another Chen GuangChen, You may be right! I suspect China also may have provided technology to Iran that permitted them to hack in and highjack the stealth drone the Iranians have been bragging about.

      May 4, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. tgrigsby7

    So "special action" translates into "annoying the crap out of you." Wow.

    How pathetic.

    May 4, 2012 at 1:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. dazzle ©

    If someone named Tori posted her parents income on this board, someone hijacked her user name and gave erroneous information. It appears as though that has been removed, thankfully!!

    May 4, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. ClamForbes

    NK is an ignorant dictatorship that staves its own people. They are unfortunately technologically somewhat proficient (except for those converted scuds) and will stave their own people to justify military spending. Just look at the knucklehead Korean leaders and how "well fed" they are in a land of meager substinance and severe starvation. The contrast is sickening.

    May 4, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Darnice Linton

    Hey you can use a reflector and point their signal against them. Its' like using jaming pod that's mounted on E-6 Entruder

    May 4, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. ron

    @ Bob marly- nice! We be jammin too!

    May 4, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
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