Korean Leader Hid Underground in Fear of the Raptors

Kim Jong-il

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il hid himself in an underground bunker for nine days during the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercise off the west coast last month (Nov. 28 to Dec. 1) for fear of F-22 Raptors of the U.S. Air Force, the Joongang Sunday magazine reported.

Reports said the defense ministry official said on condition of anonymity that Kim hid to protect himself from an attack by the F-22 Raptors, called an “air dominance fighter,” which participated in the exercise.

Another official said, “F-22 Raptors, accompanied by in-flight tankers, were on standby in mid-air over the Korean Peninsula during hte joint exercise. Their mission was to attack should North Korea retaliate by flying MiG jet fighters.”

The F-22 Raptor is designed to ensure that America’s armed forces retain air dominance. This means complete control of the airspace over an area of conflict, thereby allowing freedom to attack and freedom from attack at all times and places for the full spectrum of military operations. Air dominance provides the ability to defend our forces from enemy attack and to attack adversary forces without hindrance from enemy aircraft.

– The Korea Times
– Global Security

 

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