USA flies strategic bombers over Korean peninsula

USA flies strategic bombers over Korean peninsula

USA flies strategic bombers over Korean peninsula

Trump, meeting with members of his national security team, discussed "a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons", according to a statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

North Korea's leadership recently told Russian lawmakers that it possesses a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000 kilometers that will be able to reach USA territory after modernization, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday.

The F-15 escorts are notable "because combined operations require consent from South Korea, so this does not represent US unilateral action", according to Pinkston.

An unusually aggressive approach to the North by Trump, which has included rhetoric hinting at USA strikes and threatening the destruction of North Korea's leadership, has some South Koreans fearful that war is closer than at any time since the Korean War ended in 1953 in a shaky cease-fire, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war. "What I am going to tell you is that the [South Korea]-US alliance, that bilateral entity, is there to deal with those types of situation and safeguard against them".

It said the USA warplanes flew with fighter jets from the South Korean air force and Japan Self-Defense Force in the first nighttime B-1 bomber exercise between the three allies.

However, the South Korean defence ministry has refused to comment about this allegation.

They staged a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with two F-15K fighters over the East Sea and flew across the peninsula, Yonhap news agency reported.

According to Reuters, North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test in recent weeks as it fast advances toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.

Pyongyang said South Korea is "fabricating" the hacking claims.

North Korea expert, Lim Eul-chul, said: "It may sound insane to outsiders to fire missiles from a place he wants to develop economically, but that's how Kim runs his country".

South Korean analysts say the nighttime flights, and also the decisions by Washington and Seoul to release the itinerary of the warplanes, are aimed at sending a clear warning to North Korea and demonstrating capability for surprise attacks. Other stolen data included contingency plans for South Korean special forces and information on military facilities and power plants, he said. North Korea routinely denies responsibility.

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