Korea Issues More Threats as Drills Continue on Korean Peninsula

Korea Issues More Threats as Drills Continue on Korean Peninsula

Image of North Korea's latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile or ICBM. The "realistic air combat exercise" also includes US Marine Corps and US Navy personnel, with a total of 230 aircraft at eight locations, according to Pacific Air Forces.

On Wednesday, the USA showcased its immensely powerful four B-1B Lancer strategic bombers and six F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets with a series of exercises alongside South Korean armory which began at the Pilsung Firing Range.

The South Korean army's adoption of drones on the battlefield follows the footsteps of the US and Chinese armed forces, which have already adopted swarming drone tactics.

The U.S. Air Force has said the size of this year's drill is "comparable" to previous years. Their exercise was simulated to target key North Korean facilities including nuclear and missile sites.

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

On Wednesday, a B-1B bomber was joined by F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters for what South Korea's joint chiefs of staff referred to as simulated strikes at a military field. This threat came in retaliation for President Donald Trump's speech at the U.N. General Assembly in which he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea, which the country branded a "declaration of war".

The North has warned the drills would push the Korean peninsula to "the brink of nuclear war".

"If necessary, the president and the United States will have to take care of it, because he has said he's not going to allow this murderous, rogue regime to threaten the United States with the-with the most-destructive weapons on the planet". "Its intentions are to use that weapon for nuclear blackmail, and then, to, quote, you know, "reunify" the peninsula under the red banner".

The Hong Kong-based Oriental Daily said on Friday that the Chinese military staged live-fire exercises for four days in the East China Sea, adding that the China Maritime Safety Administration banned vessel traffic in the region from six a.m. Wednesday to six p.m. Saturday.

Officials in Pyongyang have described the exercises as the USA president "begging for a nuclear war".

"We hope that all relevant parties could exercise restraint and refrain from heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula and provoking each other".

Dave Majumdar is the defense editor for the National Interest.