U.S. Stealth Fighters Deployed to South Korea

July 10, 2004

A squadron of F-117 Nighthawks — stealth fighter-bombers — has been deployed to South Korea, U.S. officials said on July 1st.

The deployment includes one squadron of F-117s, to Kunsan, as part of the U.S.’s $11 billion "force enhancements package" to South Korea, a U.S. official stated.

South Korean military officials also confirmed the deployment, saying they had been notified of the move a few months back. A Ministry of National Defense spokesman said the deployment was part of "planned exercises."

Commenting on the deployment, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) stated on July 2:

....While putting unjustifiable pressure upon the DPRK under the pretext of the nuclear issue between it and the DPRK caused by it, the U.S. is massively deploying reinforced war equipment of latest types in and around south Korea and staging an unbroken chain of war rehearsals for a war against the DPRK.

On the other hand, it is hastening the transfer and relocation of its troops in south Korea. It must not go unnoticed that the United States has brought fighter bombers into south Korea for training to invade the north as soon as another round of the six-party talks for settling the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the U.S. ended. It is a robber-like act as preposterous as a thief crying "Stop thief!" for the U.S. to take issue with the DPRK's self-defensive military deterrent force while continuously introducing military hardware into south Korea and playing with fire. The DPRK is prepared to cope with any ultra-modern weapons.