The U.S. teamed up with South Korean forces to perform military drills, shortly after a failed North Korean missile test launch. The drills were intended as a deterrent against further North Korean action, said South Korea.
“Through this exercise, the South Korean and U.S. Air Forces demonstrated their strong deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats,” South Korean Air Force officials.
Pacific Air Forces Bomber Operations Chief Major Ryan Simpson added, “Working and training side-by-side with our ROK (Republic of Korea) partners increases our ability to integrate air operations more effectively in order to deter aggression in the region.”
The Daily Caller provides a description of the events:
North Korea test-fired a missile at a location on its east coast; however, the launch was unsuccessful. The North Korean projectile exploded shortly after launching. The latest launch is the sixth confirmed one since President Donald Trump took office.
[Subsequently] a U.S. B-1B Lancer, flying alongside South Korean fighters, participated in an immediate deployment and bombing drill simulating a military contingency on the peninsula. The long-range heavy bomber was joined by South Korean F-15K Slam Eagles and F-16 fighter jets. The aircraft returned to Anderson Air Force Base in Guam after the drills.
North Korea responded that the drills were “aimed at making preemptive strikes at major targets” in the country.