On the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly, the joint exercises of the US and South Korean aviation further increase the pressure on Pyongyang. However, South Korea is tempering and talking about routine maneuvers.
Joint US-South Korean Aviation Exercise July 31, 2017, photo © US AIR FORCE
These are the first US flights over the Korean peninsula since Pyongyang made its sixth nuclear test on 3 September 2017 and launched a ballistic missile over Japan on 15 September . According to the South Korean Ministry of Defense, which referred to a routine exercise, four F-35B fighter aircraft and two US B-1B bombers flew over the peninsula on September 18, 2018. Four South Korean fighters participated in the training. Seoul also said the two allies would reiterate this type of joint maneuver.
While the fighters had left Japan that Pyongyang promised to “sink” in case of conflict
The day before, September 17, Donald Trump’s administration hammered that it would take advantage of the 72nd UN General Assembly to demand the full application of international sanctions against North Korea, threatening it with “destruction” if it continued to provoke Washington and its allies.
Tensions increased at the beginning of September when Pyongyang claimed responsibility for a successful hydrogen bomb test after launching two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.
, the bombers took off from the American base of the island of Guam. As a result, the pressure on Pyongyang has increased, while the UN Security Council on September 11 voted an eighth round of sanctions to force Pyongyang to abandon its banned ballistic and nuclear programs.
– With AFP