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US and South Korea in first joint stealth fighter drill

The joint military exercise with F-35A jet fighters was held amid new tensions with North Korea

The US and South Korea have deployed the F-35A fifth-generation stealth jet fighters in a joint exercise for the first time amid new tensions with Pyongyang.

The allies completed a four-day drill involving more than 30 jets from both countries, the South Korean Air Force said on Thursday.

“The training is an important exercise that symbolizes the strong South Korea-US alliance and combined defense posture,” Air Force Major Kwon Hae-bin said, as cited by the Korea Times.


“The pilots of the two countries were able to share the tactical and operational know-how of the fifth-generation fighters through the exercises,” Kwon added.

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FILE PHOTO: People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korea's missiles launch in Seoul, South Korea, June 13, 2022
South Korea vows ‘stern’ retaliation

The exercise took place after the South Korean military accused Pyongyang of conducting military launches on Sunday.

Yonhap news agency quoted a South Korean defense source saying that the North fired another artillery round on Monday, presumably from a multiple rocket launcher.


Though it has refrained from nuclear tests, North Korea has conducted a flurry of missile trials in recent months, breaking a self-imposed 2018 moratorium.

Last month, the South Korean military reported that Pyongyang fired eight short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, prompting President Yoon Suk-yeol to warn in June that his country would retaliate against any “provocations” from the North.

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from RT – Daily news


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