Escalations Continue in Korean Peninsula

The United States of  America, South Korea, and North Korea have all made fresh moves to escalate the  already tense situation in the Korean peninsula.

The USA has sent F-22 stealth jets to join military drills being conducted in  cooperation with South Korea. Meanwhile the government of South Korea has warned  of a swift and strong response to any ‘provocations’ from the North. Across the  border in North Korea, Pyongyang has vowed to increase its nuclear arsenal.

The United States and  South Korea are still officially at war with North Korea, after the 1950-53 war  between the two sides ended with an armistice but no final peace deal.

Tensions have been rising in the region since the announcement of a  fresh round of UN sanctions against North Korea, which provoked a  third nuclear weapons test from the isolated communist state, setting off a  chain of rising rhetoric and tit-for-tat escalations from both sides.

The United States announced on Sunday that it is to send F-22 stealth fighter  jets, which are able to evade radar tracking, to join military drills being  conducted in South Korea. The F-22 jets, which were previously stationed in  Japan, will be deployed to the Osan Air Base in South Korea. South Korea  and the United States claim that the military exercises are designed as a show  of force and of solidarity to deter provocations from the North, whereas North  Korea sees them as preparations for war.

“(North Korea) will achieve nothing by  threats or provocations, which will only further isolate North Korea and  undermine international efforts to ensure peace and stability in Northeast  Asia,” said a statement from the U.S. military command in South Korea which  announced the F-22 deployment, without acknowledging the irony of condemning  threats and provocations within a statement announcing a new  and threatening provocation….



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