US planes surveil North Korea amid country’s ‘Christmas gift’ threat

The U.S. military sent four surveillance airplanes over the Korean peninsula on Christmas Eve after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a veiled threat of a possible missile launch.

Four planes were spotted in the air above North Korea, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, after the country said it would send President Trump a “Christmas gift,” which many believe will be a test of several long-range missiles amid heightened tensions between Trump and Kim.

The aircraft included an RC-135W Rivet Joint, an E-8C, an RQ-4 Global Hawk, and an RC-135S Cobra Ball, which flew as high as 53,000 feet above North Korea. They are believed
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