Tensions mount around the Korean Peninsula, as joint US & South Korea wargames are about to begin – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
December 6, 2017

Tensions mount around the Korean Peninsula, as joint US & South Korea wargames are about to begin

The threat of war looms closer than ever this weekend, as joint US & South Korea wargames are about to commence in the region.

The Vigilant Ace 18 exercise involves up to 12,000 US and South Korean troops, and some 230 aircraft, including state-of-the-art stealth F-22 Raptors.

Vigilant’s purpose is to ‘improve the effectiveness’ of armed co-operation between the allies in a potential conflict against North Korea.

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine, multi-role aircraft. Its stealth capabilities make the aircraft a prime asset for a first strike, as air defence grids would be quickly neutralized by a surprise attack. This has not gone unnoticed by North Korea, and the country has responded by upping its bellicose rhetoric, stating that “It is an open, all-out provocation against the DPRK, which may lead to a nuclear war any moment”.

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