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US flew bombers over Korean peninsula late Tuesday: South Korea military

US flew bombers over Korean peninsula late Tuesday: South Korea military

Two supersonic US bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula in their first nighttime training mission with South Korean forces, a clear warning to North Korea as tensions spike over its nuclear weapons program.

Reuters reported that the U.S. military said in a separate statement it conducted drills with Japanese fighters after the exercise with South Korea, making it the first time USA bombers have conducted training with fighters from both Japan and South Korea at night.

South Korean analysts say the nighttime flights, and also the decisions by Washington and Seoul to release the itinerary of the warplanes, are aimed at sending a clear warning to North Korea and demonstrating capability for surprise attacks.

Tensions between North Korea and the United States have risen in recent weeks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

South Korean and US government officials have been raising their guard against more North Korean provocations with the approach of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea's ruling party, which fell on Tuesday.

The Pacific Air Force said the bombers, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, also trained with Japanese fighter jets on Tuesday, "making this the first time" the Lancers have conducted combined training with the allied nations at night. Patrick Applegate said in a statement. Trump lambasted "little rocket man" Kim Jong Un for going on a "suicide mission for himself and his regime" in the speech last month.

The latest in a series of simulated United States bombing runs around North Korea, the operation is described as a "show of force" amid ongoing tensions with North Korea.

US flies bombers over Korean Peninsula in show of force following North Korea military hack

At the end of last month, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho said that the U.S. had "declared war" on the authoritarian state and was "right" to shoot down American planes.

The Defense Ministry after an investigation said in May that North Korea was likely behind the hacking of the Defense Integrated Data Center in September past year, but had refused to confirm media speculation that the decapitation strike plan was compromised.

The vessels are the first to be designated under stepped-up sanctions imposed on North Korea by the 15-member council in August and September over two long-range ballistic missile launches and Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test.

Former chief of counter intelligence at the FBI, Frank Figliguzzi, said: "This is a signal that North Korea is a player in the cyber-intrusion field and it is growing in its ability to hurt us". China's influential Global Times tabloid expressed alarm at how far the rhetoric on both sides had gone and how it had increased the risk of a "fatal misjudgment".

"We were on the wrong path before", Trump said.

The ultimate aim, he said, would be "establishing a permanent peace regime on the Korean Peninsula".

The North's official media touted the party's byungjin policy - which pushes for simultaneous development of nuclear weapons and the economy - and added that military power was "the guarantee for victory".


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