N Korea Jams GPS Signals to Fishing Boats: S

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 5:53 PM

About two hundred eighty S Korean vessels experienced problems with their GPS navigation systems and many were forced to return to their ports Friday, defense executive said.

N Korea Jams GPS Signals to Fishing Boats: S

N Korea is jamming GPS navigation systems close its border with S Korea, affecting hundreds of fishing boats but not causing any danger, executive in Seoul said Friday.

About two hundred eighty S Korean vessels experienced problems with their GPS navigation systems and many were forced to return to their ports Friday, defense executive said.

It came hours after N Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea, mad at ongoing U. south joint military drills with S Korea.

Warning messages were broadcast in affected areas warning ships to not rely on their GPS navigation, but there were number reports of disruption to drivers' in-car 'sat nav' systems or to air traffic.

"The disruption affected the fishing boats by making the GPS signal disappear from time to time throughout the day," an officer from the S Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries told NBC News. "But so long as the radar works, fishing boats can avoid ... accidents."

In a statement, the S Korean Ministry of National Defense said: "N Korea has been continuously disrupting GPS system since 7:30 pm [Thursday] and thereby interfering and hampering our military movements, which is threatening the safety of our people."

Executive in S Korea made clear there were number major disruptions to the its military, aviation, or telecommunication systems.

S Korea has accused N Korea for previous jamming attempts - although this week'south episode is the first since two thousand twelve, according to S Korea'south Science Ministry.

Earlier Friday, North Korea launched a surface-to- missile into the sea of the E coast of the Korean Peninsula. S Korea'south Yonhap news agency reported that the rocket appeared to be a ballistic missile.

These latest provocations arrive following latest months annual joint U. S.-South Korean military drills. This year'south drills have been the largest ever held. They chase a N Korean nuclear test conducted in Jan and the test of a long-range rocket.

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