The Seoul and Washington Air Forces they did today maneuvers with at least one US long-range B-1 strategic bomber and south korean fighter jets at a time marked by enormous tension on the peninsula and the holding of great maneuvers of the allies starting in 10 days.
The exercises were performed on the yellow sea (called the West Sea in both Koreas) and the central region of South Korea and involved at least one B-1 and F-15 and F-15 fighters of the Asian country, as explained by the South Korean Ministry of National Defense in a statement.
The announcement comes just hours after the allies revealed that they will hold their big spring maneuvers freedom shieldsome war games to which Pyongyang has promised to give a “unprecedented” responsefrom March 13 to 23.
Today’s drill “demonstrates the US willingness and ability to implement its commitment to maintain a strong and credible extended deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats,” the text added.
“freedom shield is designed for strengthen alliance defense and response capabilities”was explained in a press conference in seoulin which spoke the spokesman for the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), lee sung-junand the one of the US forces in Korea (USFK), Isaac Taylor.
The representative of the United States indicated that the premise of the exercise will focus on elements such as “the changing security environment, the North Korean attacks and the lessons learned from recent wars and conflicts”.
During the 11 days in which it will take place freedom shield there will also be a series of field maneuvers that have recovered the scale of the joint training exercises (Foal eagle) and that will receive the name of warrior shield.
military maneuvers Foal eagle they were exercises on the ground carried out regularly by the allies and which were suspended in 2019 to try to improve the atmosphere during disarmament talks with the North Korean regime.
One of those new “large-scale” field drills included in warrior shield It will be a amphibious exercise “to be done for enhance combined operations execution capabilities”, according to Lee explained.
The so-called expanded or extended deterrence is a commitment made last May by Washington with Seoul that consists of the shipment of US strategic assetssuch as the B-1, to the Korean peninsula based on the actions of the northern regime.
In February, Pyongyang even warned that if the US continues to exercise this extended deterrence and sticks with its plan to hold major military exercises with South Korea this month, the regime could view these actions as a “War declaration”.
The peninsula is experiencing a historic level of tension after 2022 in which Pyongyang, which has rejected offers to return to dialogue, held a record number of weapons tests and in which the allies once again carried out great maneuvers and exercised that expanded deterrence.
Faced with the apparent lack of will to promote détente on both sides, experts have pointed out the growing danger of a miscalculation that could have fatal consequences.
(With information from EFE)
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