Seoul, South Korea
South Korea takes off about 80 fighters after detecting a large number of North Korean warplanes for four hours on Friday, military said, in further aggravation of regional tension.
In a statement by the South Korean military said he spotted about 180 North Korean military aircraft between 11:00 and 15:00 local time, the day after Pyongyang is believed to have spent failed test of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
tension in Korean peninsula started rising Monday when “Vigilant Storm” joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea began, in which hundreds of of aircraft and thousands of military personnel of both countries, according to the US.
North Korea blamed allies of provocative actions and on Wednesday launched 23 missiles from the east and west coasts, the most missiles fired. in one day – in the water or side of peninsula, prompting Seoul to respond with three surface-to-air rockets.
Friday’s deployment to South Korea included an unspecified number of The statement said the F-35A stealth fighters and participating South Korean warplanes in ongoing joint exercises also “maintained a state of readiness,” said the South Korean military said.
After Thursday’s suspected ICBM test, the US and South Korea announced they would extend the training for extra day until November 5, move condemned North Korean official as “very dangerous and false choice,” the statement said. media.
Later, after meeting with his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin accused North Korea of of “irresponsible and reckless actions.”
“We said before these species of activity destabilizes region potentially. So we call on them stop this type of activities and to begin study in serious dialogue”, Austin said.
A meeting of the UN Security Council is expected. place on Friday to discuss Pyongyang’s recent missile launches. According to the representative for US Mission to the UN, US, UK, France, Albania, Ireland and Norway called for open meeting.
In an interview on CNN on On Wednesday, US Permanent Representative to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield condemned North Korea’s actions, saying Pyongyang violated several Security Council resolutions.
Thomas-Greenfield says UN will ‘apply pressure’ on China and Russia to improve and strengthen such sanctions. She is declined say if US President Joe Biden will lift sanctions with China’s Chairman Xi at the G20, but said it is “on mind of the president.