Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Two B-1B Lancers stage drills on western coast of Korean peninsula

Image South Korea Reacts To North's Latest Nuclear Test Two B-1B Lancers stage drills on western coast of Korean peninsula
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2017, 09:52

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said last night's drills simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea's eastern coast during a drill with US and South Korean fighter jets.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet takes off as part of a joint aerial drills called "Vigilant Ace" between the U.S. and South Korea at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek on December 6.

Two dozen US stealth fighter jets took part in the drills, six of them F-22s, six of them F-35As, as well as a dozen F-35Bs, marking the first time the highly-advanced jets have cruised the skies above Korea at the same time.

Russian Federation and China both responded by pushing the US and North Korea away from war.

The bombing was part of passing in South Korea jointly with the United States of America large-scale maneuvers of the air force Vigilant ACE 18.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday expressed concerns over the continued deployment of USA strategic assets.

"We hope all relevant parties can maintain calm and restraint and take steps to alleviate tensions and not provoke each other", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

North Korean state media - which describes the B-1B Lancer as a nuclear strategic bomber - denounced the exercise over the weekend.

North Korea has long spoken out against joint drills between the US and South Korea.

Wednesday also saw a spokesperson for the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs say Pyongyang would not avoid a war with Washington, criticizing recent "reckless remarks" by high-level American politicians.

The U.S. flew two B-1B supersonic bombers over Korea on Thursday, the second sortie carried out here this week by the Guam-based aircraft, a defense official said.

'We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the USA miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened'.

The weekend saw both White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of SC say chances of war with Pyongyang were growing.

Nauert said North Korea was "not showing any interest in sitting down and having any kind of serious conversations when they continue to fire off ballistic missiles". The two countries kicked off their largest ever joint air exercise on Monday.

But even though both sides make overtures toward war, it's far from a sure thing.