An F-35B begins its short takeoff from the USS America with an external weapons load.

North Korea will be surrounded by nuclear-capable F-35s by 2021

By Alex Lockie, Business Insider

While North Korea feverishly works to perfect intercontinental ballistic missile technology, the US and its allies are putting the finishing touches on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that will soon be patrolling the Pacific.

Japan and South Korea, the US’s principal allies the region, will both deploy over 100 F-35s by 2021, according to Aviation Week.

This follows the US choosing Japan as the site of its first-ever deployment of operational F-35Bs, which are particularly well-suited to combat in the Pacific region.

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