SEOUL ($1=1,427.55 South Korean Wons) — 24-hour emergency air operations start over South Korea. 140 fight plane, together with Korean F-35, F-15K, and KF-16 will defend the skies over the “southern” peninsula. Along with its Korean companions, the US is elevating 100 fight plane, amongst them the F-35B, EA-18 digital warfare plane, KC-135 tankers, and high-altitude U-2 reconnaissance plane. American fighter jets take off from an air base in Okinawa, Japan.

240 aircraft over Korea right now, 100 of them US Air Force
Picture crediit: Getty Photos

24-hour operations will proceed constantly till November 4th. The rationale: a nuclear missile launch from North Korea is just a matter of time. Pyongyang’s newest ballistic missile launches have been of quick vary, inflicting concern for South Korea and the US.

Solely a month in the past, out of date Russian fighter jets, totaling 150 in quantity, performed workout routines. Pyongyang took to the air the classic Su-25, MiG-29, MiG-23, MiG-21, and MiG-19 plane.

What’s at the moment taking place on the Korean peninsula is framed as an train between South Korea and the US. The train is codenamed Vigilant Storm. The US and South Korea have described Vigilant Storm as a deterrence train, whereas Pyongyang has careworn that it’s an invasion train.

This isn’t the primary such train between the 2 associate international locations. The final such train was held in 2015, however then, in 2018, the US and South Korea known as it off in a bid to advertise inter-Korean concord.

“[South Korea] and the U.S. Air Drive will work along with the joint companies to conduct main air missions similar to shut air assist, defensive counter-air assault, and emergency air operations 24 hours a day in the course of the coaching interval,” the Air Drive stated on USA. “Supporting forces on the bottom may also practice on base protection and survivability procedures within the occasion of an assault.”

N Korea Threatens US With ‘Unimaginable Strike’ Over Naval Drills With S Korea
Picture credit score: Courtesy Kenneth Abbate/U.S. Navy

North Korea busiest yr

2022 was the busiest yr in North Korea’s historical past for ballistic missile checks. Pyongyang has launched a complete of 28 launches this yr. One of many missiles of the North Korean regime even flew over the entire of Japan and headed for the rocky Senkaku Islands. The Senkaku are beneath Japanese possession, however it’s contested by China and Taiwan, whereas North Korea apparently has no qualms about “parking” its missiles close to them.

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