U.S. sent powerful B-1B bombers from Guam for joint exercises with the South Korean Air Force over the Korean Peninsula late Tuesday as President Donald Trump gathered his top national security advisers to discuss “a range of options” for dealing with the North Korean nuclear test.
The South Korean military said Wednesday that two of its F-15K fighter jets had linked up with the U.S. B-1Bs after they entered South Korean airspace off the east coast. The warplanes conducted an air-to-ground missile drill, flying across the peninsula to the waters between South Korea and China, where they conducted a similar firing exercise, the Yonhap news agency quoted the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying.
The U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement that Air Self-Defense Force fighters had also joined the drill, making it the first nighttime combined exercise for the U.S. bombers with fighters from Japan and South Korea.
“Also flying and training at night with our allies in a safe, effective manner is an important capability shared between the U.S., Japan and the Republic of Korea and hones the tactical prowess of each nations’ aviators”. U.S. Air Force Maj. Patrick Applegate said in the news release. “This is a clear demonstration of our ability to conduct seamless operations with all of our allies anytime anywhere”.
Though there are many United States and South Korean wartime operational plans. This including a plan to wipe out the North Korean leadership were stolen by North Korean hackers last year.
China, North Korea’s main ally and trading partner has consistently urge Washington. And Pyongyang to lower their rhetoric and return to the negotiating table.
In an editorial , the influential Global Times tabloid express alarm at how far the rhetoric on both sides had gone. And how it increase the risk of a “fatal misjudgment”.
North Korea as a nuclear power
“Though The international community won’t accept North Korea as a nuclear power. North Korea needs time and proof to believe that abandoning nuclear program will contribute to its own political advantage. This positive process is worth a try”, mention in the papers.
“War would be a nightmare for the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions. We strongly urge North Korea and the US to stop their bellicose posturing and seriously think about a peaceful solution.”