US Fighter Jets Stage Mock Bombing Drill over Korean Peninsula
Albanian Daily News
Published August 31, 2017
US and South Korean fighter jets take part in a mock surgical strike Thursday.Two days after North Korea flew a missile over Japan, the United States and South Korea staged their own show of force with state-of-the-art stealth fighters Thursday.
Four US F-35B fighter jets joined two US B-1B bombers and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets in the joint US-South Korean flyover of the Korean Peninsula, an official with the South Korean air force told CNN.
The exercise was designed to "strongly counter North Korea's repeated ballistic missile tests and development of nuclear weapons," the official said.
In a statement, the air force said the US bombers flew out of Guam and four stealth fighter jets from a US Marine Corps base in Japan.
They conducted a mock bombing drill, which simulated a surgical strike of key enemy facilities, over the Pilsung Range in the eastern province of Gangwon.
In a statement, US Pacific Command said the flyover was a "direct response to North Korea's intermediate range ballistic missile launch."
"North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly," said Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, commander of Pacific Air Forces.
North Korea labeled the flyover "a rash act," according to KCNA, the country's state news agency.
It said that the "wild military acts of the enemies" were as a result of the county's recent ballistic missile launch.