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. wowyouguysaredumb

    I wouldn't expect any of you to know the geography of the world or say south korea before you go touting "this country or that will destroy this and that." So I'll help you.

    The reason that North Korea can do all this crap constantly is because the South's main population centers are concentrated in the northern part of the country. If the north did attack they would sustain very large amounts of casualties quickly. Obviously this would call for the US to intervene, thus potentially causing a greater conflict in the region something everyone wants to avoid.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      North Korea will never attack South Korea for one simple reason: No matter how much damage they inflict on the South, the entire world – including China – would be united in the common goal of removing the NK government. For a handful of guys whose only goal in life is to hang onto power, that would be an unacceptable outcome.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • wowyou'rereallycondescending....


      May 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mahhn

      everyone but the US war mongers looking for any easy economy fix at any price – including your childrens lives.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geff Gordon

      Your mastery of geography truly justify your arrogance.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    They tink that can go unpunish for any action, why not send Laser Beam and destroy expensive toys they use to extort free aids, South Korea is afraid any reaction to any provocation will lead to destruction of Seul by Norh long range Guns

    May 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • rf

      kim sung is that you?

      May 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Innkahoots

    Boy I hope that because of this jamming, the flight path of a south korean missle test, dosen't get disrupted right into kims back yard.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RRMON

    The Drone capability has been breached.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. scranton

    china needs to pull on North Koreas chain and reign in their dog.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesor

      They tried, but they're busy with their own internal problems and the dog has gotten off the leash, China can only do what everyone else does now, threaten food aid if the North doesn't behave.

      May 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Clint04 Wa.

    I really doubt that China or Russia will come to the rescue, North Korea really doesn’t have anything they need or want,

    May 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John in WNY

    Well if they know where the jamming originates from eliminate the jammers and them inform NK that any further warlike action will result in swift and forceful action, and then follow through.

    The only reason NK is this bold is 50+ years of literally getting away with murder. If you doubt this do a little reading and you'll find that North Korean actions have resulted in the deaths of dozens of US troops and hundreds, if not thousands of South Korean military personel and civilians.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. slimjim

    The Pillsbury Doughboy in NK is at it again. If this porkchop continues to provocate, the US will have him on a roasting spit for dinner.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • peggy

      Bad but funny.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. peggy

    Their don't know what else to do to get attention. Could someone give them lessons on peaceful coexistence and success.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*shia/killer

    All the south would have to do is strategically bomb Pyongyang and the norths artillary on the dmz, the war is over the north would fall apart and not have anyone in control of communications for a quick response then a massive joint US ROK army would capture the north before the norths millitary could respond

    May 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in WNY

      You obviously have no clue just how large the North Korean artillery and rocket forces are.

      North Korea has the largest artillery force in the world and the South Korean capital is only 35 miles from the DMZ.

      On top of that they have the densest air defense network in the world, and have spent 50+ years making tunnels and bunkers along the DMZ.

      Add this all together and you'll see that anyone who thinks we could strategically eliminate their artillery and rocket forces before they could lay waste to Seoul and a significant percentage of South Korea obviously is confusing videogames with real life.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Geff Gordon

    I'm gonna huff and puff and blow your country away. Somebody needs to tell Kim to grow up.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sean

    I say there is a place for retaliation. At least in regards to electric, food, jamming north koreas communications and more. For,every action there must be a reaction or these bullies will never stop.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Pepsi owns Korean Airlines?

    May 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chit

      I thought the same thing!!

      May 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greg

    NK's actions are the equivalent to Facebook poking. It is an annoying, useless attempt for attention by someone with no friends.

    May 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      HAHA! I like this. ~poke~

      May 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. the familia

    Ready for veitnam 2????? cuz i am"'-\

    May 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • nonyabidnes2

      Were you there in Vietnam? I was, and we don't want to be involved in another "Like Vietnam" story...
      RVN 68-69-71-72

      May 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • D. Darko

      Cuz? First off, learn how to write. Secondly, you obviously do not live in Seoul. Shut up child.

      May 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
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