The U.S. and South Korea conducted bombing drills on Thursday as a means of intimidating North Korea, according to MSN.
The drills are a response to North Korea’s flight of a mid-range ballistic missile over Japan earlier this week.
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Two U.S. B-1B supersonic bombers and four F-35 stealth fighter jets joined four South Korean F-15 fighters in live-fire exercises at a military field in eastern South Korea that simulated precision strikes against the North’s “core facilities,” an official from Seoul’s Defense Ministry said.
The B-1Bs were flown in from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam while the F-35s came from a U.S. base in Iwakuni, Japan, the official said. He didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.
North Korea called its launch over Japan a “meaningful prelude” to an attack on Guam, which the country has threatened for numerous weeks.
South Korean analysts believe North Korea’s launch over Japan and threats toward Guam are an attempt at expanding upon the nation’s acceptable aggressions to increase its military influence in the region.