Watch: US B-1B bombers join aerial drill with South Korea
A U.S. B-1B bomber flew over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, the South Korean military said, as part of a large-scale joint aerial drill that has been denounced by North Korea as pushing the peninsula to the brink of nuclear war. Photograph: (Reuters)
'Vigilant Ace', the joint aerial drill between US and South Korea entered its third day today with B-1B bomber's joining the forces as tensions in the Korean peninsula continued to escalate.
The B-1B bomber took off from the US air base in Guam and joined the F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters and the rest of the South Korean and US forces.
The five-day Vigilant Ace drill -- involving some 230 aircraft including F-22 Raptor stealth jet fighters -- began on Monday, five days after the North's ICBM test.
Meanwhile, United Nation's political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman met North Korean officials today in an attempt to calm nerves on the ground. Feltman also met the North Korean vice foreign minister.
Feltman is also expected to meet North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho.
The US and its allies have been concerned over North Korea's recent ICBM test conducted a week ago which can hit targets on the US mainland.
South Korean President Moon Jae-In will visit North Korea's ally China next week for talks to press Xi's government to rein in its neighbour as tensions frayed last week with Kim's ICBM test.
Moon will arrive in Beijing next Wednesday for a four-day state visit.