SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Friday denied being responsible for the jamming of satellite navigation signals, which affected hundreds of commercial flights and ships in South Korea's border area.
South Korea has accused North Korea of disrupting global positioning system (GPS) signals between April 28 and May 13 from the North's western border city of Kaesong.
GPS is a satellite-based navigation system widely used by planes, ships and the military as well as ordinary drivers.
The jamming attacks have affected more than 650 flights by South Korean and foreign airlines, including Korean Air, FedEx and United Airlines, although no accidents have been reported, according to the transportation ministry.
North Korea has rejected Seoul's accusation, however, calling it a "new farce and smear campaign" against Pyongyang.
South Korea "stuck to its inveterate bad habit of shifting the blame for the scandals committed by its clan onto compatriots," a spokesman for the North's Post and Telecommunications Ministry said in comments carried in an English-language statement by the official Korean Central News Agency.
The unidentified spokesman blamed South Korea for spreading "misinformation" that North Korea used Russian equipment in jamming GPS signals and that it stopped jamming attacks under Chinese influence.
On Monday, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak met with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing and they agreed to cooperate to deal "more effectively" with North Korea's provocations, including the GPS jamming.
China is widely believed to be the only country that has leverage over North Korea, as Beijing is Pyongyang's key ally, economic benefactor and diplomatic supporter.
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