Thursday, August 31, 2017

South Korean And Japanese Jets With U.S.B-1B Bombers And 4 F-35 Fighters Conducted Exercises Together Near The Korean Peninsula

Reuters: U.S. bombers drill over Korean peninsula after latest North Korea launch

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korean and Japanese jets joined exercises with two U.S. nuclear-capable bombers above and near the Korean peninsula on Thursday, two days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan, sharply raising tension.

The drills, involving two supersonic U.S. B-1B bombers, four U.S. stealth F-35B jets as well as South Korean and Japanese fighter jets, came at the end of annual joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises focused mainly on computer simulations.

”North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly,” said General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, who made an unscheduled visit to Japan to meet his counterparts.

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Update #1: U.S., South Korean and Japanese warplanes carry out show of force against North Korea (USA Today)
Update #2: US fighter jets stage mock bombing drill over Korean Peninsula (CNN)

WNU Editor: These public bombing exercises are not going to intimidate North Korea. So why the publicity for this exercise? To reassure the South Korean and Japanese public that threats from North Korea will not go unanswered.

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