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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia, located in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering South Korea and China. Its capital, Pyongyang, is the country's largest city by both land area and population. It is a single-party state led by the Korean Workers' Party (KWP), and governed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un since 2012. It has a population of 24,052,231 (UN-assisted DPRK census 2008) made up of Koreans and a smaller Chinese minority. Japan 'opened' Korea in 1876 and annexed it in 1910. The Republic of Korea (ROK) was founded with US support in the south in August 1948 and the Soviet-backed Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north in September that year. 

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Crashed drone found in South Korea took photos of presidential palace in Seoul

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 April, 2014, 10:53pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 April, 2014, 10:54pm

A drone that crashed in South Korea on Monday had flown over the presidential palace in Seoul and taken hundreds of photos, but was not capable of carrying a bomb, officials said yesterday.

The drone was the first of two unmanned aircraft found in the space of a week.

The second drone was found soon after a three-hour artillery barrage between North and South Korea near a disputed maritime border.

The South's military has been criticised for failing to spot or stop the unidentified aircraft that entered its airspace and flew over its capital amid a tense stand-off with the North.

Nearly 200 aerial photographs were recovered from a camera carried by the drone, including some taken directly above the presidential Blue House, but the aircraft had no equipment to transmit the images, defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said.

When asked if it could carry a bomb, he said: "It is of primitive standard, and it would not have been easy to use it in an act of terror, or more precisely, it would not have been possible."

South Korea believes the drone was launched by North Korea because it flew in from the north and over Seoul before turning back, with enough fuel left when it crashed to carry it back to North Korea.

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