The United States has deployed a high-altitude surveillance drone to Japan to monitor North Korea’s activities amid heightened tensions with Pyongyang.
The RQ-4 Global Hawk drone with the capability of collecting aerial data from an altitude of about 15 kilometers or higher arrived at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo late on Monday and will be in Japan on a five-month mission.
According to the US Defense Ministry, the drone will be remotely controlled from Yokota during take-off and landing, and then from the US mainland, once it reaches a sufficient altitude.
US military officials said four other Global Hawk drones and a total of 110 staff members would soon be sent to Japan, arguing that the deployment is aimed at ensuring the security of Japan.
In a statement published last month, the US Pacific Command saidt Washington “continues to deploy its most advanced capabilities to Japan, including the Global Hawk, in keeping with