United States to send six F-22 fighters to S.Korea

Cuba, N Korea reject 'unilateral and arbitrary' US demands

The White House is aiming to increase pressure on the North Korean regime through the latest show of force, according to South Korean military officials.

South Korea and the U.S. are to deploy Raptor fighter planes in a joint air drill next month.

The F-22 fighter jets, which are capable of executing precision attacks under the radar, will depart for the drill from the Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa and will stay at a United States base in South Korea during the exercise. Washington had already deployed three nuclear-powered aircraft carriers near North Korean waters for the first time in a decade earlier this month. Earlier this month, two B-1B USA supersonic bombers overflew the Korean peninsula as part of a joint exercise with Japanese and South Korean warplanes.

North Korea has been protesting against the deployment of strategic American assets in the region and its joint military exercises with allies Seoul and Tokyo, calling them rehearsals for a planned invasion of the island nation.

The US will deploy six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters in the exercise, called Vigilant Ace, which will run from December 4 to 8.

This simulated wartime defence is held regularly by the two countries, using F-35 aircraft alongside the F-22 Raptor fighters. US Marine Corps and Navy troops will also be involved.

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