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U.S., South Korea Scramble Fighter Jets in Show of Force to Kim

President Barack Obama and President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The two countries are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-ROK alliance this year.
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The U.S. and South Korea scrambled fighter jets in a show of force to Kim Jong Un and vowed a tough response to further provocations, hours ahead of the deadline North Korea set for a military action.

Four U.S. F-16s and four South Korean F-15Ks teamed up for a combat drill Saturday, while the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairmen of the two countries agreed in a phone call to respond “strongly” to any North Korean attack, Col. Jeon Ha Kyu, a spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said by phone.