China, Russia Stage Drills to Counter S.Korea-US Exercise

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

The danger, because of the bellicose statements emanating from the White House, is that North Korea could easily mistake an exercise as a prelude to an actual attack.

North Korea issued another stern warning to the U.S.as drills continue between South Korean and USA forces.

South Korea and the United States launched large-scale joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons program that has raised global tensions.

North Korean state media - which describes the B-1B Lancer as a nuclear strategic bomber - denounced the exercise over the weekend.

Though Chinese military officials will likely claim that the new drills are not in direct response to USA and South Korean actions, military experts agree that this show of force warns against the continued provocation of North Korea.

He also said the only remaining question is when war will break out, adding the country will make the US pay dearly with its own nuclear force.

China and Russian Federation had proposed that the United States and South Korea stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programs.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday the Guam-based bomber simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea's eastern coast during a drill with USA and South Korean fighter jets.

The Vigilant Ace exercise, which was scheduled before the missile launch, involves 230 aircraft and about 12,000 service members from the US and South Korea.

Heritage Foundation defense specialist Thomas Spoehr told Stars and Stripes North Korea would see such a move as a provocation.

It also labelled Trump, who has threatened to destroy North Korea if the United States is threatened, "insane".

The bombers were dispatched from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and flew over the Korean peninsula, reportedly staging simulated bombing drills while flying in formation with around 20 aircraft participating in the annual "Vigilant Ace" air combat drill.

"The South-North Korean relations are still not so good".

United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Pyongyang for a four-day visit Tuesday, the first time a high-ranking United Nations official visited the country since 2012.

North Korea launched its new Hwasong-15 missile a week ago, claiming to have achieved its goal of becoming a nuclear state.

It says its weapons programmes are a necessary defence against US plans to invade.