Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

South Korean Military to Launch Drone Bot Combat Unit

South Korean Military to Launch Drone Bot Combat Unit

The military exercises, called "Vigilant Ace", are created to enhance joint readiness and operational capability of USA extended deterrence, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. It also comes during the Vigilant Ace aerial exercise that China and Russian Federation warned the USA about. This was consistent with an announcement made the day before on the Air Force's official Weibo microblog.

"We can not say war will come, but in situations like this, China has to educate people more about nuclear weapons", Zhang told the paper.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham made similar statements on Sunday and called for the evacuation of US military families to get them out of "harm's way".

"The Department of Defense now has no intent to initiate departures for military dependents, whether on a voluntary or mandatory basis, and no intent to modify the policy authorizing military dependents to accompany military members being stationed in South Korea", Lt. Col. Chris Logan, a Pentagon spokesman, said in emailed remarks to Yonhap.

Sanctions are being implemented, and countries like Uganda have complied and expelled North Korean officials who once trained military and police.

"Through the exercise, the South Korean and US Air Forces have demonstrated the alliance's strong will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", the JCS said. China's Air Force war gaming in the region involves surface-to-air missile forces, fighter jets and early warning aircraft. China is expressing its discontent with its own aerial exercises over the West Sea and the East China Sea, sending a message to Seoul and Washington.

The supersonic bombers have previously flown over North Korea in pairs as a show of force after past missile launches by the isolated nation's military.

"The great success in the test-fire of ICBM Hwasong-15 is a priceless victory won by the great and heroic people of the DPRK who have upheld the WPK's line on the simultaneous development of the two fronts with loyalty", North Korea said in a statement, "without the slightest vacillation, despite the vicious challenges by the US imperialists and their followers and manifold difficulties". But another view is that the military exercises that China has conducted in response may be raising tensions, too.

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