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US jets to Korea: Why send stealth fighters to the region? (+video)

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US stealth jets to South Korea to participate in joint drills with Seoul’s military: That’s Washington’s latest move in its continuing effort to deter conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

The top-line F-22 Raptors were deployed from Japan to Osan Air Base in South Korea, US officials confirmed on Sunday. They are following in the slipstream of B-2 stealth bombers, which dropped dummy bombs on a remote South Korean island during an exercise last week.

What’s the purpose of this latest US military move? After all, North Korea has been pretty belligerent of late. On Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and other top officials adopted a declaration calling nuclear weapons “the nation’s life,” something they would not trade for “billions of dollars.” Pyongyang is already upset over the continuing US-South Korean military exercises.

How do the F-22s figure into this equation?

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