North Korea warns of military action against South’s F-35A jets

‘We’ll have to test weapons to shoot them down’
North Korea on Thursday said South Korea’s planned deployment of new U.S. stealth fighter jets was an “extremely dangerous action” that would compel it to use “special armaments” to shoot them down.
South Korea, a major U.S. ally, received its first two F-35A jets — one of the world’s most advanced military aircraft — in March under a $7 billion contract signed in 2014. The country plans to deploy 40 jets by the end of 2021, with around a quarter of those expected to be operational this year. South Korean authorities “know well that the bringing-in of the fighters would prove to be an extremely dangerous action which will trigger our reaction,” an unnamed researcher at the Institute for American Studies of North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA.

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