South Korea and the United States carried out this Saturday more joint air maneuvers in which a bomber participated B-1B American, one day after the North Korean regime will try a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The supersonic bomber carried out a raid on the South Korean air defense identification zone escorted by F-35A fighters from the South Korean army and F-16 fighters from the US, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.
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This exercise aims enhance defense capabilities of the Republic of Korea (official name of South Korea) and the US, and show Washington‘s commitment to protect the peninsula and provide a extended deterrence”, indicates the text.
The so-called extended or extended deterrence is a commitment made last May by Washington with Seoul that consists of sending US strategic assets to the Korean peninsula based on the actions of the North Korean regime.
South Korea and the United States will “continue to cooperate closely” to monitor North Korea’s military activities and “improve their joint response,” the JCS added.
These maneuvers occur as a result of the launch on the eve of an ICBM by North Korea, which reported today that it was “new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missilewhich has the potential to be the North Korean arsenal’s largest range (about 15,000 kilometers) and that it had already carried out test flights this year, but without real success, according to various analysts and Seoul.
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The test of the projectile, which landed in the waters of the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea in Korea) 200 kilometers from the northern coast of Japan, already became the performance yesterday of other air maneuvers by South Korea and the US. , and also from Japan and the USA.
Tension on the Korean peninsula is reaching unprecedented heights in the face of repeated North Korean weapons tests, allied maneuvers and the possibility that, as indicated by satellites, the regime of kim jong un you are ready to make your first nuclear test since 2017.
In fact, the North Korean leader threatened the West with the use of nuclear weaponsthe state news agency reported on Saturday KCNA.
Kim said Pyongyang “will resolutely react to nuclear weapons with nuclear weapons and total confrontation with total confrontationsaid the report KCNAadding that Kim supervised the launch of the missile in person.
Attending the scene with his daughter and his wife, Kim said threats from the United States and its allies pursuing a hostile policy prompted his country to “substantially accelerate the strengthening of its overwhelming nuclear deterrent.”
“Kim Jong Un solemnly declared that if enemies continue to pose threats… our party and government will resolutely react to nuclear weapons with nuclear weapons,” the official news agency said. KCNA.
(With information from AFP, EFE and Reuters)
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