South Korea launches fighter jets after detecting 180 North Korean warplanes, military says

Seoul, South Korea

South Korea has dispatched about 80 fighter jets after detecting large numbers of North Korean fighter jets over a four-hour period on Friday, the country’s military said, in a further escalation of regional tensions.

In a statement, the South Korean military said it spotted around 180 North Korean military aircraft between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. local time, a day after Pyongyang allegedly carried out a failed test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). .

Tensions on the Korean peninsula began to escalate on Monday, when joint “Vigilant Storm” military exercises began between the United States and South Korea, involving hundreds of planes and thousands of military personnel from both countries, according to United States.

North Korea has accused allies of provocative action and on Wednesday launched 23 missiles from its east and west coasts – the most missiles it has fired in a single day – into waters on either side of the peninsula. , prompting Seoul to respond with three surface-to-air missiles. missiles.

Friday’s South Korean deployment included an unknown number of F-35A stealth fighter jets, the statement said, and South Korean warplanes participating in the ongoing joint maneuvers had also “maintained a readiness posture”, it said. said the South Korean military.

After Thursday’s alleged ICBM test, the United States and South Korea announced they would extend the drills for an additional day until Nov. 5, a move denounced by a North Korean official as a “very choice.” dangerous and false,” according to state media.

Later, after meeting his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin accused North Korea of ​​”irresponsible and reckless activities”.

“We have already said that these types of activities potentially destabilize the region. So we’re asking them to stop this type of activity and start a serious dialogue,” Austin said.

This is a developing story. More soon.


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