Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

USA bombers conduct military drills over Korean peninsula

USA bombers conduct military drills over Korean peninsula

Over the weekend, Trump said on social media that "only one thing will work" on North Korea, though did not specify what the solution might be.

In late September, B-1 bombers flew the first mission this century north of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that divides North and South Korea. The aircraft then conducted similar simulated air to ground striking drills off the peninsula's west coast, the official said.

If the news is true, it won't do anything to alleviate global fears around the potential that President Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong-un might actually start World War III (a topic that was trending over the weekend on Twitter thanks to comments from retiring U.S. Senator Bob Corker). The soldiers were laughed at by many in the defense community for wearing non-combat sunglasses and for the large helical magazines on their rifles.

The purported revelations come at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea. The data center is the main headquarters of South Korea's defense network. But in this case, the claims relate to something that has happened inside South Korea, and there have been hints about such a cyberattack in recent months. It notes that the paragliders are easy to operate, and the Special Forces soldiers could paraglide from a summit to their target.

The measures have also raised questions about whether South Korea and the U.S. are laying the groundwork to kill or incapacitate Kim and his top aides before they can order an attack, the New York Times reported. In a speech at the United Nations in September, the US President accused the North Korean leader Kim of being "on a suicide mission" - while Kim responded by vowing to "tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire".

After his keynote speech at the Association of the United States Army conference, Mattis was asked, "what can the US military do to lessen the likelihood of conflict on the Korean Peninsula?"


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA-North Korean hackers stole a vast cache of data, including classified wartime contingency plans jointly drawn by Washington and Seoul, when they breached the computer network of the South Korean military past year, a South Korean lawmaker said Tuesday.

"He further emphasized that any threat to the United States, its territories or its allies will be met with a massive, effective and overwhelming military response", White said.

Two bombers operating out of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam carried out the drills, US Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.

One of the contingency plans contained the South Korean military's plan to remove the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, referred to as the "decapitation" plan, should war break out on the Korean Peninsula, the lawmaker, Rhee Cheol-hee, told reporters.

He added that the mission demonstrated the USA resolve, and a message from President Donald Trump that the United States "has many military options to defeat any threat".

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