Reacting to the US announcement last week that it woulddeploy 15 F-117 Stealth Bombers to South Korea, the Northhas claimed that the action is a preparation for war. ThePentagon described the deployment as a routine trainingmission, but the North reacted angrily, calling the action a"malicious challenge."
Tensions are high between the US and North Korea, which hasstated that it possesses nuclear weapons. Both Japan and theSouth Korean capital of Seoul are believed to be withinrange of North Korean missiles, but intelligence analysts donot believe that North Korea could actually deliver anuclear weapon via missile.
However, due to the proximity of the South Korean capital tothe border, more primitive delivery methods are possible.
A summit planned between the two Koreas for June 15 may havebeen jeopardized by the US action. It was widely hoped thatthis summit would reduce tensions in the area.
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