United States bombers conduct drills off both coasts of Korean Peninsula

Ebony Scott
October 12, 2017

The Guam-based B-1B Lancers were joined by South Korean fighter jets and conducted drills in the seas off both sides of the peninsula, according to South Korea's military.

The U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) said in a statement this was the first nighttime American B-1 bomber drill conducted with the two U.S. allies in the region.

However, the South Korean defence ministry has refused to comment about this allegation.

Private electric companies in the United States were targeted by suspected North Korean hackers last month.

"Through the practice this time, South Korean and US Air Forces showed off the allies resolve for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", it said.

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Seoul says North Korea has repeatedly staged cyberattacks on South Korean business and government websites.

Information on South Korea's special forces was also reportedly accessed, as well as important details on significant power plants and military facilities in the South.

The air-to-ground missile maneuvers near the South Korean coast were intentionally scheduled for North Korea's communist party's anniversary.

Pictured: North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang.

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.

North Korea has yet to comment on either the bombing drills or the hacking claims.

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