US bombers, Japanese fighter jets conduct drill over Korean Peninsula

In the latest show of force against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, American bombers and Japanese and South Korean fighter jets flew over the Korean Peninsula in an overnight drill. The military exercise was the first nighttime American B-1 bomber drill conducted with the two U.S. allies in the region.
Bombers over the Korean Peninsula Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force/Channel 2 News

The U.S., South Korea and Japan conducted a joint military drill Tuesday night in the Far East region amid the heightened tensions between North Korea and America. As part of the exercise, two American B-1 bombers and South Korean and Japanese fighter jets flew over the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said in a statement this was the first nighttime American B-1 bomber drill conducted with the two U.S. allies in the region. PACAF added that the drill showed “how U.S. military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific are always ready to defend the American homeland and how the U.S. stands resolutely with Japan and the ROK [South Korea] to honor their unshakeable alliance commitments to safeguard security and stability.”

The joint military drill was the latest show of force against North Korea, whose leader is engaged in a heated war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump. Despite the international sanctions, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un continues to develop nuclear weapons and advance his nation’s ballistic missile program.

After Trump said that “only one thing will work” when it comes to Pyongyang, prompting many to speculate that he was alluding to a military operation, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis urged the U.S. Army to be prepared for a military confrontation with North Korea. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army, Mattis said the current strategy should be "diplomatically-led," but added that "neither you nor I can say" what the future holds.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reported Monday that Britain is formulating plans for a possible military conflict with North Korea. Sources told the British newspaper that several options are being considered. One of the plans currently being examined is the deployment of the UK’s new aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, to the Far East region even though it has not completed its flight trials.



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