US nuke-ready jets drop bombs at Kim’s doorstep in exercise
Fighter jets joined bombers and SKor jets in joint operation
The US staged their own terrifying show of might today by dropping giant bombs near the North Korean border – days after Kim Jong-un’s latest missile outrage.
Four US F-35B fighter jets joined two nuclear-ready US B-1B bombers and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets in the joint military operation over the troubled Korean Peninsula.
The rogue state described the drills – which saw target bombing close to its border – as the “rash act” of a desperate nation.
South Korea F-15K planes drop MK-82 bombs at a simulated target at the Pilseung Range in Gangwon
Explosions erupt on the mountain landscape after being peppered by the munitions
A US Air Force B-1B drops a MK-84 as it flies over South Korea during the joint military drill
“The wild military acts of the enemies are nothing but the rash act of those taken aback,” said the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
The exercise was designed to “strongly counter North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile tests and development of nuclear weapons,” a South Korean official told CNN.
In a statement, the US air force said its bombers flew out ofGuam and four stealth fighter jets from a US Marine Corps base in Japan.
They conducted a shocking bombing attack, which simulated a surgical strike of key enemy facilities, over the Pilseung Range in the eastern province of Gangwon – which neighbours North Korea.
The sabre rattling drill followed North Korea’s latest weapons test – which was the first ballistic missile fired OVER Japan.
North Korea has been test-firing missiles at a rapid clip this year. With each launch, experts fear Kim’s military can further refine and perfect its missile technology.
The bomber flights have becomes a common response to North Korean actions but the dropping off bombs is seen as an escalation by the US.
US Marine Corps F-35B fighter jets (front) and South Korean air Force’s F-15K fly over South Korea
B-1Bs flew over the Korean Peninsula following both of Pyongyang’s recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles, the type of weapons designed to deliver nuclear warheads to far-off locations like the mainland United States.
The bombers flew from Guam, the closest US territory to North Korea and the target of North Korean threats in recent weeks.
The mock attack came after President Donald Trump said it was becoming clear words would not resolve the Korean conflict.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency said its latest missile launch was “a meaningful prelude to containing Guam,” which it then called the “advanced base of invasion” for US forces.
In a follow-up statement, KCNA promised future launches “targeting the Pacific, where the US imperialist aggressor forces’ bases are stationed”.
“It should not be forgotten even a moment that the whole of South Korea can turn into ruins,” the statement added.
Kim earlier vowed never to stop his bid for nuclear weapons before predicting America’s “final doom”.