The US military has flown a B-1B bomber over South Korea as part of a large-scale joint aerial exercise, in a move seen by North Korea as a warning following their recent ICBM test, which South Korea claimed was capable of hitting mainland US.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the B-1B Lancer plane simulated bombing a military field.
“Through the drill, the South Korean and US air forces displayed the allies’ strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles,” the JCS said in a statement.
North Korea criticised the drills since the weekend, saying the exercise furthers U.S. and South Korean “self-destruction”.
The five-day drills that began Monday involve more than 200 aircrafts, including six US F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.
The US military has previously conducted aerial drills in the region as rehearsals for war, which some have accused of being as much a threat as North Korea’s own weapons development programmes.