The US Air Force has decided to deploy its Global Hawk drones in Guam to gather intelligence, and conduct surveillance and reconnaissance around North Korea.

The air force has plans to deploy three unmanned planes on the US territory about 2,000 miles south-east of the Korean peninsula, according to the Associated Press.

The Global Hawk can fly at altitude of 60,000ft and can stay in the air for more than 32 hours at a time.

Pacific Air Forces Commander General Gary North said the drones would support missions currently operated by the U-2 spy plane and the RC-135 in the Asia-Pacific region.

The air force will also use the drones during disasters, to combat piracy and terrorism, as well as to help the coastguard monitor illegal fishing in US waters in the Pacific.