|N. Korea built new base for hovercraft
TOKYO, Feb 9 (KUNA) -- North Korea has completed construction of a base for
its hovercraft near a tense maritime border with South Korea, Yonhap News
Agency reported Thursday, citing a government source.
"After analyzing recent satellite pictures, we concluded that North Korea
has built a hovercraft base in Goampo," the source said, referring to a region
close to the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the Yellow Sea.
"South Korea's Northwest Islands Defense Command is working on responses to
potential infiltration by hovercraft," the source added.
"Currently, waters off the coast of Goampo are all frozen. But, we are
still keeping a close eye since North Korea may deploy hovercraft there once
the weather gets warmer."
Military officials say some hovercraft that had been based at a different
base farther up north, about 300 kilometers from South Korea's Baengnyeong
Island, will likely be moved to Goampo, according to the report. The new base
can hold between 60 and 70 hovercraft.
The discovery of the new North Korean base came as the South's top military
commander toured a key Marine Corps unit on Baengnyeong Island, which lies
just south of the NLL. Army Gen. Jung Seung-jo, chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, visited the Sixth Marine Brigade Thursday, encouraging on troops to
stay guarded against North Korea.
Late last year and again in January this year, the unit deployed Cobra
attack helicopters in drills simulating infiltration of North Korean
hovercraft, the report added. (end)
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