The decision, which has not yet been confirmed by the Pentagon, comes at a time of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, with many analysts concerned that the incendiary rhetoric, combined with more frequent flyovers by American bombers, could lead to a catastrophic miscalculation.
South Korean stocks opened lower on September 27 on increased selling by foreign investors amid tensions between North Korea and the US.
"The US has pledged to increase rotational deployment of tactical assets around the Korean Peninsula". "My administration's determination to defend peace requires strong defense capabilities".
The hermit kingdom is also accused of attempting to hack South Korea's central bank on "multiple occasions" this year but failed to do so.
North Korea is under growing worldwide pressure over its missile and military nuclear programs and has been subjected to an array of sanctions by the United Nations.
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The Second Fleet is in charge of defending South Korea's western waters just south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the de facto inter-Korean sea border. "All options are on the table, and we are not going to back down". If North Korea struggled with the non-stealth B-1, then it has little hope of spotting a B-2 and virtually no chance of spotting the F-22 on its radar screens. The military put its latest Hyunmoo-2C missile, which has a range of 800 kilometers, on public show for the first time.
"North Korea should be pressured through South Korea-US cooperation, but room for dialogue must be left open", Moon was quoted as saying by parties' officials. The caveat that the deployments will be "near" the Korean Peninsula could mean the USA is planning buildups in Guam and Japan as well.
Another South Korean publication, Chosun, reported on Tuesday that a government source said the United States may send an aircraft carrier, B-2 stealth bombers, and the world's stealthiest and most lethal combat plane, the F-22 Raptor.
Still, the move could backfire and destabilize the situation in North Korea, as the US' asymmetrical advantage over North Korea's aging forces could cause an uneasy Kim Jong Un to think he has no choice but to strike first.
But there are logistical reasons why that can't happen, Jon Wolfsthal, a nuclear expert who served on President Barack Obama's National Security Council, has said.