Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Two B-1B Lancers stage drills on western coast of Korean peninsula

Exercise Vigilant Ace 18 kicks off China's air force drills warn US, South Korea
Sammy Stanley | 08 December, 2017, 08:37

Other U.S. assets include two B-1B bombers and six Growler electronic warfare jets, as well as dozens of F-15s and F-16s.

"Should the USA miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the USA dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened".

"The threat here on the peninsula is very real, and countering that threat needs to be in the forefront of our minds", 51st Fighter Wing Commander Col. William Betts said in a release.

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said in September the country reserved the right to shoot down U.S. B-1B bombers-which no longer carry nuclear weapons, despite North Korea's claims to the contrary-even if these weren't entering the North Korean airspace. "We will ensure we have no regrets if we find ourselves executing contingency operations".

The Chinese air force launched an exercise of their own concurrent to the enormous air drills being run by the US and South Korea, causing experts to speculate what, exactly, Beijing is trying to communicate to the West. "If north Korea is not going to accept it, then the U.S.is not going to accept it".

According to a source close the army on Tuesday, a new group will be formed in the military dedicated to the development of drone bots and standard platforms, as well as creating a team of drone bot combatants, which will be a "game changer" on the battlefield. The exercise allows US and RoK forces to train together to deter aggression, preserve the armistice, and defeat any attack against the alliance.

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

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

"And as you know, this is a regime that's never met a weapon that it hasn't proliferated".

North Korea's foreign ministry responded to the exercises by accusing President Donald Trump of making an "extremely risky nuclear gamble" and "driving the situation of the Korean peninsula to the brink of crisis". That led to events such as the Able Archer incident in 1983 where the Kremlin mistook a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercise as preparations to launch a nuclear first strike against the Soviet Union-the closest Washington and Moscow ever came to World War III.

Heritage Foundation defense specialist Thomas Spoehr told Stars and Stripes North Korea would see such a move as a provocation.

Dave Majumdar is the defense editor for the National Interest.

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