US F-35b

US Warplanes In Show Of Force Against North Korea

US F-35b

Three days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan, the US military has held drills with South Korean and Japanese warplanes over the Korean peninsula.

The fly-overs involved two B-1Bs and four F-35Bs from the US, as well as four F-15K fighter jets from South Korea, according to US defence chiefs.

The powerful aircraft were a show of force against North Korea as tensions have been increasing on both sides due to new UN sanctions and the North’s sixth nuclear test.

The drills included practicing launching live weapons at a firing range in South Korea and flying across the Korean Peninsula.

Japanese fighter jets and US warplanes also rehearsed formations flying over waters near the southern island of Kyushu.

The latest drills come only a month after South Korea and the US completed their largely computer simulated annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills.

The focus was not on live fire like today's drills, but on the countries' senior officers practicing their response and decision making skills. 

US F-15
US F-15's involved in drills against North Korea

North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test was the most powerful to date.

State media quoted Mr Kim saying that his final goal is:

"to establish the equilibrium of real force with the US and make the US rules dare not talk about a military option.”

However, the South Korean defence minister Song Young-moo spoke out against reintroducing US nuclear weapons in the South, saying that it is “not proper”.

The President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in echoed the defence minister, denouncing any intention to rearm the South with tactical US nuclear weapons.

North Korea military parade/ Uri Tours
North Korea demonstrating it's military force. (Uri Tours)