Two U.S. bombers accompanied by Japanese and South Korean fighter jets flew near the Korean Peninsula Thursday. While the U.S. Air Force has stated that the drill was planned in advance and not related to the tensions with North Korea, Pyongyang is claiming that the aircraft were carrying out a “surprise attack exercise.”







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U.S. bombers Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force/Channel 2 News

Two U.S. B-1B bombers flew near the coast of North Korea Thursday, the U.S. Air Force has stated. According to the U.S., the bombers were participating in a drill that was scheduled in advance and not a related to the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

“The bilateral continuous bomber presence (CBP) mission was planned in advance … and was not in response to any current event,” the U.S. Air Force said in a statement. The bombers were accompanied by Japanese and South Korean fighter jets.

However, North Korea is claiming that the U.S. military drill was a “surprise attack exercise” and that the American bombers were simulating strikes on “key targets,” according to North Korea’s KCNA news agency.