Surge in North Korea air force sorties—report

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This undated photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via the Korean News Service (KNS) on March 11, 2013 shows Korean People’s Navy holding a military drill in an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / KCNA / KNS

SEOUL—North Korean jet fighters have flown an “unprecedented” number of sorties in recent days in apparent response to a joint South Korean-US military exercise, a report said Wednesday.

The number of sorties by fighter jets and helicopters peaked at 700 on Monday, the same day the “Key Resolve” exercise was launched, Yonhap news agency cited a military source as saying.

The volume of flight missions “is seen as unprecedented in scale”, the unidentified source said.

The South Korean Defense Ministry declined to confirm the report, but reiterated that the North’s army, navy and air force were carrying out drills ahead of an expected state-wide exercise.

“Key Resolve” is an annual, largely computer-simulated exercise, but still involves the mobilization of more than 10,000 South Korean and 3,500 US military personnel. About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea.

Pyongyang condemned the drill as a provocative invasion rehearsal and announced it was scrapping the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War in response.

Military tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen to their highest level for years, with the communist state threatening nuclear war in response to UN sanctions imposed after its third atomic test last month.

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  • $18209031

    Ayan bakbakan na kayo dyan like the 1950s.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

      tama, para tayo naman umunlad habang busy mga koreano mag patayan

      • marivon

        man that remark is pathetic

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        fcuk you, who do you think you are

      • tagatabas

        kagaguhan naman talaga ang comment mo, wala kang pakialam sa mundo.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

        oo wala talaga pak u

      • amapangarap

        wapak!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      its not like the 50s the 50s was a sneak attack i dont think it will happen again . and i dont think south korea is growing daisies along the dmz

  • $18209031

    THese N Koreans are prepping of war since the 1950s. They got it all readied behind their side from tank traps, landmines, and pillboxes. Every Nkorean are ready for combat and suicidal at best

    . But the Skoreans are much more advance . But ferocity wise i think the Norkor s are hard to beat.  They got the means to pulverize Seoul in a few hrs  from what i heard by a US military man who was  an intel in S Korea.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      the ones who havent deserted yet. bring it on its hard to shoot a tank when the turrets flying through the air the iraqs found that out the hard way when did you talk to a us military i thought you hated all americans. judging  from your previous accounts.. you only love it when people are dying

    • ketahburat

       Ang malaki lang sa iyo ay ang katangahan mo.  There are about 28K US troops  near the 34th parallel.  They would have to pass thru them before they can have any significant advantage and that is assuming the SKor will not fight.  Their military might is no match to the US military.  Malaki nga uten mo, wala ka naman pag iisip.

      • globe_smart_sun

        Kulang yang 28k US troop nayan! 

    • Timothy Te-Co

      Weh….di nga? Bola mo naman kami e…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/RJBU36ZVWWX7KRVYA2D2CXKRHE Jennie

      sama ka dun

  • i_am_filipino

    The navy ship of north korea are incapacitated on bad weather.

  • $5699914

    North Koreans would loose too much needed oil with frequent fly-sorties! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3QUGJ4XJEFYAZ736NUXQ34GCLI Joey

    Wag matakot sa NK, kakampi natin ang AVENGERS!

  • caloyski65

    just several EMP bomb exploding above Pyongyang and military installations in North Korea will fry their communications, radars,  and electronics in their tanks, fighters, bombers, missiles, ships and their cities will be in total disarray….di na makakanuod ng NBA itong si humpy dumphy….lol

  • $42337655

    jke lang :

       saan kaya tatakbo si PSY at yung sangkatutak na mga artista nila ?

       baka sa atin sa Pinas at mas mura-mura pa sa atin kaysa sa States !

  • dikoy321

    Let them WASTE gasoline on their jets/choppers !  NO MORE DONATIONS, even FOOD, coz they go first to the Armed Forces, NOT the NEEDY ! 

    When NOKORs run out of gasoline, they will be SILENT !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

    what a waste of money and resources norkor should save fuel for their economy not for war.

  • bugoybanggers

    Kapag nangyari ang gyera, ang Pilipinas na naman ang kawawa.. sigurado kung mananalo man ang SK lahat ng investment nila sa Pinas aalisin at syempre doon lahat ililipat sa NK. Bakit? Alam ninyo dapat. Ang lahat na resources ng SK magiging isa kabahagi ang NK. Lahat ng manggagawang mga Pinoy sa mga Korean firms..GOOD BYE. Dapat lang talaga kasi mga KOREANS sila. Ganyan din ang ginawa ng Germany ng ma unified sila. Ang Pilipinas dapat mag handa na sa mga scenariong ganito. Papano na? Wasak na naman ang ekonomiya ng Pinas na umaasa lang sa kita ng mga OFW.

  • Dennis

    USA says NK is coward and keeps doing these jimmics. USA is not afraid of NK and have rather called NK a puppet and a poor nation with a stupid leader. USA says it has given food rations and has helped NK to survive otherwise they would have been dead. USA also wants South korea to take a beating so that they can sell their products better. Because right now South korea products are selling like hot cakes like cell phones and cars etc so USA does not like that.

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