Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

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

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

He said the North's strategic forces have "inexhaustible power that won't leave aggressor state America unpunished". -South Korean wartime "decapitation strike" plans against the North Korean leadership. In August, Pyongyang threatened to shoot intermediate range missiles towards the vicinity of Guam, a target frequently subjected to sabre-rattling from the North.

On Saturday, a US nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived in South Korea.

Trump threatened in the United Nations speech to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the US or its allies.

An unusually aggressive approach to the North by Trump, which has included rhetoric hinting at USA strikes and threatening the destruction of North Korea's leadership, has some South Koreans fearful that war is closer than at any time since the Korean War ended in 1953 in a shaky cease-fire, leaving the Korean Peninsula still technically in a state of war.

The Corporate Association of Kaesong Industrial Complex that represents the 123 South Korean manufacturing companies that operated factories in the North Korean facility said Thursday it wants to send a delegation to inspect their property. Defense officials refused to comment Wednesday.

- Fears are mounting that North Korea could soon test launch another ballistic missile in response to the USA military's drills in the region.


Senior diplomats of South Korea and the United States will meet next week to discuss issues of mutual concern, including North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats, the foreign ministry here said Wednesday. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson expressed hope that the relevant countries "will not engage in words or deeds that provoke one another or raise tensions", while a Kremlin spokesperson stressed that [Moscow] has "demanded that the countries involved [in the North Korean nuclear issue] exercise restraint and avoid measures that exacerbate the situation".

Trump was briefed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford at a national security team meeting, the statement said. Some military experts believe that power supply problems make it hard for North Korea to turn on its air defense radars for 24 hours a day and also that the systems might struggle to effectively track advanced warplanes such as B-1Bs, which have low radar-cross sections.

The U.S. flew the two B-1B Lancer bombers over the peninsula along with South Korean F-15k fighter planes and additional fighters from Japan, which the U.S. military said was the first such nighttime maneuver conducted by the three countries together.

The drills were conducted not long after Lee broke the news about the alleged cyberattacks to reporters.

Among the leaked documents was Operational Plans 5015 for use in case of war with the North and including procedures for "decapitation" attacks on leader Kim Jong-Un, the paper quoted Rhee as saying.

"I made the decision. because I felt that the presence will be inconsistent with Australia's stated aim of placing maximum diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea", Bishop said.

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