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US Bombers to Fly Over Korean Peninsula

07 December 2017, 04:52 | Opal Carroll

US and South Korea Hold Large-Scale Military Exercises as War Fears Grow

China conducts aerial drills over West Sea and East China Sea

The US Air Force flew a B-1B supersonic bomber over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as part of a massive joint aerial drill with South Korea in another show of strength against the weapons challenge posed by Pyongyang.

North Korea successfully launched a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week, following which the country declared that it had "realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".

North Korea regularly cites military drills around the peninsula as justification for its nuclear and missile-testing program.

The United States now has no plan to move military dependents out of South Korea despite rising tensions with North Korea, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

The South Korean army's adoption of drones on the battlefield follows the footsteps of the US and Chinese armed forces, which have already adopted swarming drone tactics.

The B-1B Lancers were dispatched from Guam, where they are stationed as part of America's "Continuous Bomber Presence" mission in the Asia Pacific.

On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-NC) called for families of American military personnel to leave South Korea amid rising tensions in the region as war becomes "more likely".

The number of jets in the air between the US and South Korea is 230.

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A state-run newspaper in China today asked people living in a province bordering North Korea to be prepared for nuclear disaster as it published a list of tips on how they can protect themselves in the event of a nuclear attack, a sign reflecting Beijing's concern about a disaster.

If war comes, he predicts, Kim Jong-un is a "dead man" and North Korea will be occupied by U.S., South Korean, and Japanese troops.

North Korea, which regularly threatens South Korea, the United States and their allies, has denounced the exercises.

But North Korea has a problem there.

A United Nations spokesman said Feltman will discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern" with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk during his visit, which ends on Friday - as does the military drill.

North Korea has warned that the Vigilant Ace exercises are a provocation which would "only invite more bad retaliation and precipitate their self-destruction".

"It's insane to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea", he said.

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