The US's F-22 is fully stealth and North Korea likely can't hope to down it.
To a casual observer, this may seem like a summary of the current tensions between North Korea and the US - and it is.
The tension on the Korean peninsula is maintained because of the active development of the DPRK missile and nuclear programs, as well as military maneuvers of the United States and its allies in the region. It then joined the Vigilant Ace drills on the Korean peninsula, where it flew with other US and South Korean aircraft.
Military observers, in fact, took notice recently when parasites were discovered in the stomach of a North Korean soldier who defected to South Korea, suggesting even front-line troops are enduring bad conditions as they operate near the DMZ. According to reports, the US 7th Air Force deployed six F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighter jets for the exercise.
Wednesday's drill was part of the five-day Vigilant Ace air combat exercises, which are ongoing and involve hundreds of planes and thousands of service members, according to Yonhap News Agency.
It also launched two other ICBMs, sent two intermediate-range missiles soaring over Japan and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test earlier this year.
The drills come a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, as part of a weapons program that it has conducted in defiance of global sanctions and condemnation.
"The United States and Europe in particular should press every country engaged in military or sanctioned trade with North Korea to stop any such activities and deploy their own sanctions. against those that fail to do so", it added.
"We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the USA miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the USA dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened". Technical analysis of the missile's flight showed it broke up as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere.
North Korea can not be expected to give up its nuclear arsenal readily, although it might happen over time, so talks should aim to lower the risk of an accidental war, according to the former secretary. White House national security adviser HR McMaster stated that the chances for war on the Korean Peninsula grow daily.
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