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Korea blasts USA bomber exercise

Melinda Barton | 10 July, 2017, 03:20

The test was declared a success, with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un saying it was a "gift" for the "American bastards" as they marked Independence Day on July 4.

In response to the "growing threat from North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs", Pacific Air Forces said two B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam flew to the Korean Peninsula today and practiced an attack mission with South Korean and usa fighters.

"North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, " General Terrence O' Shaughnessy, commander of US Pacific Air Forces, said in a statement.

The Air Force launched the planes from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, flying west across the Pacific before joining South Korean F-15s and dropping inert bombs over Pilsung Range, a training area in the northeastern corner of South Korea.

North Korea blasted the United States on Sunday for its latest military exercise in South Korea that involved long-range strategic bombers, calling it a reckless provocation that may lead to an all-out war on the Korean Peninsula.

Four US and South Korean jet fighters joined the live fire drill, which was conducted at a range in Yeongwol County, about 80km south of the inter-Korean border, the South's air force said.

US military officials described the mission Friday as a defensive show of force and unity from the three allied nations and said it demonstrated "the ironclad USA commitment to our allies".

Mocking the South as "puppet military gangsters", the KCNA report added: "It will be as easy as a piece of cake for the (North) to wipe out the puppet we are now able to destroy even the U.S. mainland across the ocean".

A day earlier in Poland, Trump said the USA was considering "some pretty severe things" in response to North Korea's actions. The US "stirs up trouble" and runs "in the opposite direction from countries in the region who aspire for stability, cooperation and development", a statement from China's Foreign Ministry said. Friday's was at least the sixth since April, all to show U.S. resolve in the face of North Korean missile tests. They have not listened to anything you've said.

The impoverished North is already under onerous global sanctions imposed over its past nuclear and missile tests held in violation of United Nations resolutions, which ban it from using any ballistic or nuclear technologies.

"That doesn't mean we're going to do them. So that wouldn't change", Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said.

Serious concerns have been raised by the worldwide community about North Korea's missile programme. A test aimed at verifying THAAD's efficiency against ballistic targets will be conducted by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) at an Alaska launch site "in early July", the agency told Reuters.