The exercise was conducted to show the “strong will and ability” of South Korean and US forces in response to “North Korean nuclear and missile threats.”
The US flew two strategic bombers over South Korea Tuesday, the first-ever joint nighttime maneuvers by US and South Korean forces over the Peninsula.
Two B-1B Lancer bombers, accompanied by South Korean F-15K fighter jets, took off from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam—which Pyongyang has threatened to attack—and performed air-to-ground missile drills over the East Sea before flying over South Korea and repeating the drills above the Yellow Sea.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Japanese Air Force also took part. The exercise was conducted to show the "strong will and ability" of South Korean and US forces in response to "North Korean nuclear and missile threats," the Joint Chiefs said.
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