The United States will fly a supersonic bomber over the skies of its ally South Korea as part of a massive air drill. The exercise will be a show of force aimed at intimidating North Korea over its barrage of ballistic missile tests this week that have escalated tensions in the region.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry said at least one B-1B bomber will take part in the joint US-South Korean air force exercise.
The “Vigilant Storm” exercise, which has involved around 240 warplanes, including advanced F-35 fighter jets from both countries, has sparked an angry reaction from North Korea.
The North this week fired dozens of missiles into the sea, including an intercontinental ballistic missile that prompted evacuation warnings in northern Japan and put its warplanes on alert.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry late Friday described the military actions as an appropriate response to the “Vigilant Storm,” which it called a display of US “hysteria of military confrontation.”
He said North Korea would respond with the “sternest countermeasure” to any attempt by “hostile forces” to violate its sovereignty or security interests.