US Bombers to Fly Over Korean Peninsula

North Korea

U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers will fly over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as part of a large-scale joint aerial drill being staged with South Korea this week, the South's Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified military source. The bomber flew from Guam and joined US F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters in the military drills.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Guam-based bomber simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea's eastern coast during a drill with USA and South Korean fighter jets.

The United States and South Korea began the largest-ever Vigilant ACE drills on Monday, mobilizing 230 aircraft and 12,000 personnel.

US President Donald Trump is "begging for nuclear war" by "staging an extremely unsafe nuclear gamble on the Korean Peninsula", a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea said in a written note Saturday.

"The tension between the South and the North is at its peak, and so it is a very cautious situation as if we are walking on thin ice", Moon said, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

A US supersonic B-1B bomber flies over Korea in formation with several other warplanes of the allies on December 6, 2017, in this photo provided by South Korea's Air Force.

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.

North Korea has condemned the military exercise as a provocation amid heavy tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

The newly proposed combat unit will take on a number of tasks including monitoring and patroling high-payoff targets like senior North Korean military officials and weapons of mass destruction, and attacking them in case of an emergency to minimize casualties, the source said.

North Korea tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile last week with a range that extends to the U.S. mainland.

A US supersonic B-1B bomber flies over Korea, flanked by several other warplanes of the allies, on December 6, 2017, in this photo provided by South Korea's Air Force.

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