Pentagon has no plans to evacuate United States dependents from South Korea

08 December, 2017, 08:37 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Pentagon has no plans to evacuate United States dependents from South Korea

The joint US and South Korean aerial armada includes American aircraft from the Air Force, Navy and the Marine Corps.

North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country called Trump "insane" on Sunday and said the drill would "push the already acute situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war".

The runway at Kunsan was closed temporarily after an F-16C assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing "experienced a ground emergency affecting the integrity of its landing gear" while taxiing, Capt. Chris Mesnard, a spokesman for the fighter wing, said separately.

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

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 start was given only a week after the DPRK conducted a new intercontinental ballistic missile test.

U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers will fly over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as part of a large-scale joint aerial drill being staged with South Korea this week, the South's Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified military source. The exercise allows US and RoK forces to train together to deter aggression, preserve the armistice, and defeat any attack against the alliance.

"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 Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

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"The South-North Korean relations are still not so good". "Because the F-22 and F-35 have the capability to enter North Korean territory without being detected".

North Korea regularly uses its state media to threaten the United States and its allies.

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

Simultaneously, China launched drills December 2 that involve sending new Shaanxi Y-9 transport aircraft over the South China Sea, simulating an airdrop over an island in contested waters. North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile capability would top the agenda, it said.

North Korea has vehemently criticized the drills since the weekend, saying the exercise "precipitates" the United States' and South Korea's "self-destruction".

There is also little hope that either the USA or DPRK will accept China's proposal of halting war games in return for a halt to Pyongyang's weapons program, a policy known as 'freeze for freeze'.

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