American attack helicopters MOBILISED in Seoul as North Korea tensions soar

The south’s Maritime Counter Special Operations (MCSOF) unit is being boosted by the addition of nearly 50 Apache choppers to counter a possible attack by Kim Jong-un's regime from the sea. The AH-64D Apaches - the same model of helicopter piloted by Prince Harry - have joined a MCSOF exercise already underway in the Yellow Sea, to the west of the Korean Peninsula.

The announcement comes as North Korean special forces have been spotted near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the disputed maritime border between the rouge state and South Korea. The NLL has been the site of a series of aggressive acts by the north, the most recent of which was in 2010 when Kim’s navy was accused of sinking a South Korean warship and killing 46 sailors. Pyongyang denied any involvement, but an international investigation concluded a torpedo fired by a North Korean submarine was responsible.

Later the same year, North Korean forces decimated the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong with 170 artillery shells, killing four civilians and injuring 19. The United States has conducted a series of naval drills with its South Korean allies in recent months, and the Yonhap News Agency reports the choppers from the US 2nd Infantry Division will be a regular fixture in future exercises. And today, pictures of massive USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier alongside South Korea naval vessels emerged in a show of force against the north. The huge super-carrier can carry 90 aircraft and is crewed by 3,200 sailors.

Dictator Kim says the joint exercises are preparation for an invasion of the north, but Western forces claim they are merely responding to threats from the nuclear-armed hermit state. The US 7th Fleet is currently deployed across bases in East Asia, including Japan and the US territory of Guam. The island is well within range of war-crazed Kim’s long-range weapons, and he has previously threatened it with “enveloping fire”. The dictator made the threat in response to President Donald Trump’s warning he would destroy North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen”.


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