Monday, April 1, 2013

US deploys F-22 stealth fighters to S. Korea

US deploys F-22 stealth fighters to S. Korea
 The US military said today it had
deployed stealth fighters to South Korea as part of an ongoing
joint military exercise that has triggered dire North Korean
threats of armed retribution.
     Two F-22 Raptor fighters arrived in the South on
yesterday to participate in the annual "Foal Eagle" exercise
that will last until April 30, a spokesman for the US forces
in South Korea told AFP.
     The jets were reportedly flown out of the US air base in
Okinawa, Japan.
     Although it is not the first time F-22s have been used in
the annual drill, their presence is sure to further infuriate
Pyongyang at a time of sharply escalating military tensions.
     North Korea has already threatened to strike the US
mainland and US bases in the Pacific in response to the
participation of nuclear-capable US B-52 and B-2 stealth
bombers in this year's "Foal Eagle" exercise.
     On Saturday, North Korea declared it had entered a "state
of war" with South Korea and warned Seoul and Washington that
any provocation would swiftly escalate into an all-out nuclear
     South Korea and the United States have met the near-daily
threats from Pyongyang with their own warnings of severe
repercussions, fuelling international concern that the
situation might spiral out of control.

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