US bombers conduct firing drill over Korean Peninsula
Wednesday 11/October/2017 - 11:18 AM
The US military has flown two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula as part of a combined firing drill with Japan and South Korea in the region، fueling tensions with Pyongyang over nuclear and ballistic missile programs، according to "Press TV".
US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said that the B-1B strategic bombers flew over waters in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan late on Tuesday and were then accompanied by two F-15K fighter jets from South Korea and two F-15 fighter jets from Japan.
"This is a clear demonstration of our ability to conduct seamless operations with all of our allies anytime anywhere،" US Air Force Major Patrick Applegate said in a statement. "Flying and training at night with our allies in a safe، effective manner is an important capability shared between the US، Japan، and the Republic of Korea."
The military official also added that the training exercise "hones the tactical prowess of each nation’s aviators."
The South Korean Yonhap news agency، citing South Korea's joint chiefs of staff، said the military planes staged a simulated air-to-ground missile drill in waters off the east coast of South Korea after entering South Korean airspace.
The US bombers had taken off from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.
US President Donald Trump، meanwhile، met with members of his national security team، reportedly discussing a range of options to respond to "aggression" and the possible nuclear threats from North Korea.Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been rising for months، fueled by North Korea's frequent missile tests and its nuclear weapons program as well as US military drills and Trump’s rhetoric.
North Korea has conducted several nuclear tests and missile test-launches in response to US threats against the country.
Pyongyang says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence unless Washington ends its hostile policy toward the country and dissolves the US-led UN command in South Korea. Thousands of US soldiers are stationed in South Korea and Japan.