US flies supersonic bomber in show of force against North Korea

Vigilant Storm drills – involving about 240 warplanes – have triggered an angry reaction from North Korea [File: River Bruce/US Air Force via Reuters]
At least one B-1B aircraft participated in joint US-South Korea air force exercise, Seoul says, noting North Korea again fired 4 ballistic missiles. The United States flew a supersonic bomber over ally South Korea as part of an enormous combined aerial exercise involving hundreds of warplanes in a show of force meant to intimidate North Korea over its barrage of ballistic missile tests this week.

At least one B-1B bomber participated on the last day of a joint US-South Korea air force exercise that wrapped up on Saturday, South Korea’s defence ministry said.

South Korea’s military also said North Korea fired four short-range ballistic missiles into the sea.

The Vigilant Storm exercise – involving about 240 warplanes, including advanced F-35 fighter jets from both countries – has triggered an angry reaction from North Korea.

The North this week launched dozens of missiles into the sea, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that triggered evacuation warnings in northern Japan, and flew its own warplanes inside its territory.

North Korea’s foreign ministry late Friday described those military actions as an appropriate response to Vigilant Storm, which it called a display of US “military confrontation hysteria”.

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