Seoul deployed F-35 fighters and UAVs along its border with North Korea

SEOUL, (BM) – South Korea has increased monitoring and combat readiness along its border with North Korea amid escalating tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang, the Sputnik reported on Monday, learned

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“We are closely monitoring the North Korean military’s moves and are maintaining a firm military readiness posture. As of yet, there has been no incident to give additional explanations on,” Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesperson Kim Jun-rak told a regular press briefing, as quoted by the Yonhap state news agency.

According to Yonhap, South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said earlier that Seoul had allocated a record budget amount to shore up its defensive capabilities.

“In order to effectively curb and respond to North Korea’s evolving nuclear and missile threats, our military will … continue to develop various measures to implement a catered deterrence strategy based on a firm South Korea-U.S. alliance,” Jeong said at a seminar, the agency reported.

The defence minister went on to detail that the military has deployed advanced weapons, such as F-35A fighter jets and Global Hawk unmanned aircraft.

A statement over the weekend from Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, ratcheted up tensions by threatening to invoke military retaliation.

The statement came in response to activists sending balloons with food and anti-Pyongyang messages over the border from the south.

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