Tension on the peninsula is reaching unprecedented levels in the face of repeated North Korean weapons tests, maneuvers by allies, and the possibility that North Korea may already is ready to conduct its first nuclear test since 2017
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South Korea activated its air combat force after detecting a deployment of 180 aircraft by the Kim Jong-un regime. (REUTERS)
The South Korean Army mobilized dozens of combat aircraft this Friday after identifying a large deployment of North Korean aircraft, which in the last two days it has launched about 30 missiles to respond to the air maneuvers from Seoul and Washington.
“Our military took action after identifying some 180 flight contrails from North Korean military aircraft between 11:00 and 15:00 (2:00-6:00 GMT) today, Friday, November 4,” the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“The Air Force of the Republic of Korea (official name of the South) quickly mobilized its superior resources, including 80 F-35A units,” explained the text, which added that some 240 aircraft participating in the joint exercises with the US “Vigilant storm” maintain a “vigilant posture” while performing the aforementioned maneuvers.
The detection of North Korean aircraft< /b> comes after Kim Jong-un's regime launched around 30 projectiles between Wednesday and Thursday.
One of them, a long-range ballistic missile (ICBM), apparently failed in mid-flight as it was about to fly over Japan, while another short-range missile landed very close to South Korean territorial waters, something that had never happened before.
The detection of North Korean aircraft occurs after the Kim Jong-un regime launched between Wednesday and Thursday around 30 projectiles. (REUTERS)
In retaliation for these launches, the allies announced that the exercises, which involve some 240 aircraft and were to end this Friday, will last until Saturday.
“Vigilant storm” is the largest combined air exercise between South Korea and the US since 2017 and includes the mobilization of F-15, F-16, EA-18G fighters (the version of the F-18 adapted for electronic warfare scenarios), F-35A and F-35B, which unlike the F-35A can perform short takeoffs and vertical takeoffs and landings.
It is the first time that the Pentagon has flown F-35B units into South Korean territory, a factor that may have especially infuriated Pyongyang, which already threatened on Tuesday to respond forcefully to these war games .
“Vigilant storm” is the largest combined South Korea-US air exercise since 2017 and includes the mobilization of F-15, F-16, EA-18G fighters (the version of the F-18 fighter-bomber adapted for electronic warfare scenarios) , F-35A and F-35B, which unlike the F-35A can perform short takeoffs and vertical takeoffs and landings. (REUTERS)
Tension on the peninsula is reaching unprecedented heights in the face of repeated North Korean weapons tests, maneuvers by allies and the possibility that, as indicated by satellites, the Kim regime Jong-un is now ready to conduct his first nuclear test since 2017.
Pyongyang called the joint air drills, dubbed “Vigilant storm” an “aggressive and provocative targeted military exercise” to North Korea, and has threatened that Washington and Seoul “will pay the most horrible price in history” if they continue.
(With information from EFE)