(NEWSER– In a move seen as a clear warning to Pyongyang, the US deployed F-22 stealth fighter jets during joint military exercises yesterday. The Raptors, which are among the most advanced weapons the Air Force has at its command, would probably be the first aircraft deployed if a conflict did take place with North Korea, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The show of force follows weeks of saber-rattling from Pyongyang, which declared over the weekend that it is now in a "state of war" with the South and compared the US to a "boiled pumpkin" unable to withstand attack.

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