US military forces hold joint military exercises with South Korea, Japan

The United States military has carried out several flights over the Korean Peninsula in joint bombing drills with the South amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

Four US F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1B supersonic bombers took part in the joint drill on Monday.

The fighter jets flew from a US military base in Japan, while the bombers flew from the US Pacific island of Guam, joined by six South Korean fighter jets in the drill, a South Korean Defense Ministry official was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.

The US said it conducted the new military exercise with the South in response to the North’s recent missile and nuclear tests, said the source.

The American and South Korean forces carried out a “mock bombing exercise over the sky of Korea” on Monday, the source added.

After the drills, the F-35B jets and B-1B bombers returned to their bases in Japan and Guam respectively.

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