South Korea gets new set of stealth fighters thanks to the U.S.
dpa, Hamburg, Germany
South Korea has for the first time publicly put on display some of the 40 stealth fighter jets it had ordered from the United States, which have been severely criticized by North Korea.
The presentation of four F-35A fighter jets and other weapons took place on Tuesday in the presence of President Moon Jae In at an airbase in the south-eastern city of Daegu on the country’s 71st Armed Forces Day.
Three of the F-35A jets were also flown in formation, the Ministry of Defence said.
Since late March, South Korea has received eight of the fighter jets from the defense company Lockheed Martin.
In addition to joint military maneuvers by South Korea and the US earlier this year, North Korea has repeatedly criticized the planned deployment of the F-35A by its southern neighbor.
Among other things, it was said that this was a “dangerous action” that would stir up military tensions.
Moon said at the ceremony in Daegu that strong defensive capabilities supported efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.
At their third summit in Pyongyang in September last year, Moon and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un declared that they would end the hostilities between the two countries and work towards a complete “denuclearization” of the peninsula.
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