China Conducts Military Drills in Response to Vigilant ACE

China Conducts Military Drills in Response to Vigilant ACE

China Conducts Military Drills in Response to Vigilant ACE

The U.S. Air Force spokesman could not confirm the reports. The operation in question has North Korea in mind and is aimed at practicing for any potential need to neutralize North Korean nuclear and missile targets.

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 largest joint air force exercise ever can be seen as a way of putting pressure on North Korea and showing a military demonstration to stop any further actions from North Korea, such as a seventh nuclear test or ICBM tests", Kim Yong-Hyun of the Dongguk University Graduate School said.

The South Korean defense ministry building is shown in this file
The South Korean defense ministry building is shown in this file

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

During the Korean War that began in 1950 and is still technically ongoing, China came to the aid of the communist Northern Korean factions against the USA and their Southern allies, repaying the fledgling North's contribution to their own civil war, which the Chinese Communist Party had only won the previous year with Korean communist help.

Bad weather and a temporary runway closure forced the Air Force to move US fighter jets and Warthogs to a South Korean base Thursday during joint war games that have raised tensions with North Korea.

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Feltman, a former senior U.S. State Department official, is the highest-level United Nations official to visit North Korea since 2012.

Aircraft taking part will be flown from eight USA and South Korean military installations.

"Vigilant Ace is an opportunity for us to do just that; focus on getting smarter, faster and more capable than we were yesterday while we generate combat airpower and strengthen the alliance".

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"If "freeze for freeze" is going to work, then North Korea has to accept the verification process", Woo said.

North Korean state media - which describes the B-1B Lancer as a nuclear strategic bomber - denounced the exercise over the weekend. China is North Korea's lone major ally and fears widespread instability on its border.

North Korea launched its new Hwasong-15 missile a week ago, claiming to have achieved its goal of becoming a nuclear state. Feltman held talks with deputy foreign minister Pak Myong Gun on Wednesday. The United States, which has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, denies any such intention.

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