- US B-1B Supersonic Bombers Conduct Joint Drill with S. Korea ‘as Warning to Pyongyang’ – Media
US B-1B supersonic bombers, together with F-35B stealth fighters, have conducted a joint military exercise with South Korea in response to Pyongyang’s recent moves, South Korean Yonhap news agency said, citing a government source.
The US military conducted a “mock bombing exercise over the sky of Korea” on Monday, the source said. After the drills, the F-35B jets and B-1B bombers returned to their bases in Japan and Guam respectively, the sources said. The drills took part several days after North Korea fired a ballistic missile, which passed through Japan’s airspace near Hokkaido.
Tensions have been running high on the Korean Peninsula since Pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test earlier in September. The North claimed that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb which can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a new resolution, banning North Korea’s textile exports and capping its oil imports following Pyongyang’s nuclear test. In response, North Korea vowed to increase its military strength. The resolution, “fabricated by the US,” proves that the road Pyongyang has chosen is “absolutely right,” North Korea says.
In his harshest response yet, US President Donald Trump warned that Washington is ready to use the “full range” of capabilities at its disposal and might resort to using its nuclear arsenal against North Korea.