Posted February 11, 2019 06:10:20Chinese Defense Ministry has announced the deployment of new aircraft to the Korean Peninsula.
The announcement was made by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Wednesday, February 10, at a joint press conference with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The ministry said it will deploy “airborne precision attack aircraft” to patrol the border.
The Chinese Ministry of National Defense confirmed the deployment, saying it will be “operational” and will not interfere in military activities.
The MoD also confirmed the Chinese Army will use the aircraft, saying that “it will be used for air defense.”
The announcement comes after South Korea launched an unprecedented aerial military drill on February 9.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on February 10 that the South Korean military would deploy a “dual-use” missile defense system to the South.
He said the South Koreans would use the system to defend against an incoming North Korean ballistic missile.
North Korea launched a ballistic missile from its east coast on February 8, the fourth such missile launch in as many days.
On February 10 North Korea also launched a second missile over Japan, hitting a radar station near the island nation’s southernmost city of Okinawa.
On January 31, the North Korean military announced that it was “taking measures to strengthen its military capabilities and the capabilities of its nuclear and missile units.”
North Korea’s foreign ministry also said it would launch “new, strategic and highly-precise air-to-air missiles.”
North Korean state media also said on January 29 that the North will launch its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on February 7.
The North has conducted more than 20 nuclear and ballistic missile tests since January 2017.
On Friday, South Korea and the U.S. said they would jointly conduct a “massive” naval exercise off the coast of the Korean peninsula.
The drills will be the largest in history, according to a statement from the South’s Defense Ministry.
The United States, South Korean, Japan, China and North Korea are set to meet for the first time on March 2 in the South and March 3 in the North.
The meetings come as tensions between the U,S.
and North Korean governments remain high following a series of North Korean nuclear tests and ballistic missiles.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he plans to conduct a nuclear test within the next five years.