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N. Korea denounces S. Korea for introducing F-35 stealth fighter jets

All News 19:17 April 13, 2019

SEOUL, April 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea denounced the recent arrival of two stealth fighter jets in South Korea on Saturday, accusing the South of trying to enhance its military capabilities despite the recent rapprochement between the two Koreas.

"The South Korean government has the duty and responsibility to stop all activities that could become a source of tension on the Korean Peninsula, such as bringing in war equipment," the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a signed commentary, highlighting the arrival of two F-35A stealth fighter jets in South Korea on March 29.

"What cannot be overlooked is that the F-35A is being swept in under the name of enhancing the Air Force's operational capabilities to enable surprise attack against (North Korea)," it added.

The two stealth jets are the first of 40 F-35A jets Seoul plans to purchase and deploy by 2021. The date of their deployment has yet to be set.

Seoul's military procurement office has made it clear that the new jets are designed to counter the recent introduction of stealth fighters by other neighboring countries, including China and Japan.

The KCNA commentary, however, insisted the fighter jets were part of a kill chain platform that, it claimed, is designed for preemptive strike against the North.

"Continuing to bring in war equipment is clearly an act of denying its dialogue partner and a threat," it said.

"The South Korean authorities will be better off by understanding what kind of catastrophic outcome their imprudent acts will bring and behaving," it added.


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