US bombing drill a clear warning to NKorea

World | 7 Dec 2017

The United States flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea yesterday, as part of a massive combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes - a clear warning to North Korea after it tested its biggest and most powerful missile yet last week.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Guam-based bomber simulated land strikes at a military field near the South's eastern coast during a drill with South Korean fighter jets.

"Through the drill, the South Korean and US air forces displayed the allies' strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles," the JCS said.

Flyovers of B-1Bs have become an increasingly familiar show of force to North Korea, which after three intercontinental ballistic missile has clearly moved closer toward building a nuclear arsenal that could viably target the American mainland.

The five-day drills that began Monday involve more than 200 aircraft, including six US F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.

North Korea hates such displays of American military might at close range, claiming through its state media that the "US imperialist war mongers' extremely reckless war hysteria" has put the region at risk of a nuclear war.

Pyongyang typically uses strong language when commenting on US-South Korean war games, claiming they're rehearsals for invasion.


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