North Korean fighter jets fly near border, Seoul sends planes

North Korean fighter jets fly near border, Seoul sends planes

A dozen North Korean fighter jets flew over an area near the border with South Korea on Thursday, which in turn was sending planes amid missile tests from Pyongyang, according to Yonhap news agency.

The incident, the second in a week involving warplanes, comes amid rising military tensions in the peninsula as North Korea has conducted a spate of missile launches recently, including on Thursday.

Ten fighter jets were spotted flying 25 kilometers north of the border between the two states between 11:30 p.m. Thursday and 12:20 a.m. Friday local time, according to the South Korean General Staff, quoted by Yonhap news agency. The North Korean planes crossed a “reconnaissance line” and triggered an automatic response from the South, according to the same source.

Seoul responded by sending in fighter jets, including F-35As, according to the general staff, Yonhap added.

This episode comes shortly after Pyongyang’s test of two long-range strategic cruise missiles on Wednesday, announced by the official North Korean press, which says those tests were overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea launched another unidentified ballistic missile on Thursday, according to the South Korean News Agency.

Pyongyang described its recent missile tests as nuclear tactical exercises simulating attacks on airports and military installations in South Korea.


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