South Korean Media: US B-1B Bombers Fly Over Peninsula
VOA - Wednesday 6th December, 2017
American B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula Wednesday as part of combined air force exercise with South Korea, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday.
Yonhap quoted South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff saying the drills indicate the 'will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.'
The United States and South Korea began a five-day drill, called 'Vigilant Ace,' on Monday amid increased tensions with North Korea.
The annual exercise, which includes an unusually large number of the latest generations of American stealth fighter jets, comes a week after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile, an ICBM possibly capable of reaching the U.S. East Coast.
Some 12,000 U.S. service members, including from the Marines and Navy, are joining South Korean troops.
The U.S. Seventh Air Force has said the exercise is not in response to any incident or provocation.
But earlier, the North Korean state media said the drill pushes the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of nuclear war."
North Korea routinely uses strong language to denounce U.S.-South Korean military exercises that it claims are preparations for an invasion of the reclusive country.
The high tensions on the peninsula are raising concerns, prompting the United Nations' political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman to make a rare trip to Pyongyang.
A U.N. spokesman said Feltman will discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern" with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk during his visit, which ends on Friday - as does the military drill.
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