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. Rags

    Dear Chubby Leader! You are not a leader. You're doing the same as your mental-case poppa did which is whatever the controlling military desires.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kingofthenet

    This is like a 'War Crime' to jam Civilian Airliners, a terrorist action.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh

      and? u want South Korea to declare ware on the North?
      or for the Educated readers Re-Redeclare war.

      May 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Time to send in a couple 'Wild Weasels'...........

      May 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scotthish Mama

    gggg=Garland good government group?

    May 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    Jimmy Carter asked a few years ago, "What do they want more than anything else?" Jimmy's answer was "respect."

    Well Jimmy, they ain't gettin' it this way.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nick Bruiser

    Sounds like a terrorist act to me moreso than an attack on a foreign government. Fat boy needs to stick to eating his oreos

    May 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeff

    Perhaps we can repurpose one of our HARM anti radar missiles and fly it down the jammer radio beam and blow the transmitter/antenna up.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gix

    They are probably trying to divert passenger airlines to NK so they can pretend its fantasy island...

    May 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |

    Was it raspberry?

    May 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spaceballs

      NOBODY gives them the raspberry!!!

      May 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |

    An Act of WAR?
    Most likely is, at the least a terrorist act by international laws concerning civilian aircraft, but the definitions of Acts is so muddled today due to only the US/Isra el and the Euros being on a permanent war footing, that we must wait until Oba decides if it is or not.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOHN

      Believe me you haven't seen the US on a war footing. We havent been on a real war footing since the end of WWII

      May 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GaryOwen27

    North Korea and Iran act like spoiled bratty children...kinda like conservatives.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOHN

      or liberals

      May 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • widow

      oh yeah b/c liberals are innocent and honest and never stuck up or act like a brat... No Pelosi never wanted a jumbo jet to replace her private was necessary!!. Funny how 99% of liberals are lawyers..And everyone trusts a lawyer...hahah. The stupidity of people like yourself is just amazing... I cannot believe in this day with all the knowledge available people still think there is a difference between republicans and democrats.. They are both ruining this country for there own political gain by way of helping there rich friends donate billions a year to there respective campaigns.

      May 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Texas

    So they read the article about the guy in New Jersey who bought a GPS jammer off the internet, and used it to disable his employer's tracking device on the company truck, and ended up jamming the GPS approach at Newark the same time every night, by accident? That's original...

    May 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. holdem

    maybe they were hoping that a plane would fly off course into their territory where they can shoot it down and claim self defense.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. vbscript2

    Sounds like the jamming signal would be a nice homing beacon for a few good old-fashioned cruise missles.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nabisco

    We at Nabisco will immediately cease all shipments of Oreos to North Korea until such time as they stop trying to make planes crash. It is our hope that this drastic measure will make an appropriate impact on tyranny and thinly veiled terrorism.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NetNinja

    Here is what South Korea needs to do.

    They have prospered under the protection of the U.S. Time to take all those profits and start building up thier own industrial military machine. They can afford it.

    It's time to wear the big boy pants. The north will never leave the south alone and they know this. I don't want to see another story about the north beating on the south or antagozing them.

    When the bully does something wrong you body slam him!

    South Korea! Time to start fighting back! playing pacifist while they take little bites out of you is not working.

    LAY THE SMACK DOWN ON Lil KIM and his paper Generals!

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

      "So when they said the South would rise again" They were talking about Korea? didnt see that one coming.

      May 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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