US stealth fighter jets, bombers fly over Korean peninsula

Earlier in the month, the South Korean Navy had conducted live drills just days after North Korea donated a hydrogen bomb.(Representative Image) Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team South Korea Sep 18, 2017, 09.05 AM (IST)

South Korea's defense ministry said today the US flew four F-35 stealth fighter jets and two B1-B bombers over the  Korean peninsula in a military drill on Monday as tension over North Korea's missile tests continued to destabilize the region.

Last Friday, North Korea had fired a ballistic missile over Japan in less than a month even as the United Nations Security Council(UNSC) imposed new sanctions to deter the country's ballistic and nuclear missile programme. 

"Four stealth fighters and two bombers flew over the peninsula to demonstrate the deterrence capability of the US-South Korea alliance against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", the ministry said in a statement.

The bombers flew from the US military base in Guam and the fighters flew from Japan, joined by six South Korean fighter jets in the drill, the South Korean defence ministry added.

North Korea had said on Saturday it aims to reach an "equilibrium" of military force with the United States, which earlier signaled its patience for diplomacy is wearing thin after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan for the second time in under a month.

Earlier in the month, the South Korean Navy had conducted live drills just days after North Korea donated a hydrogen bomb.

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North Korea had said on Saturday it aims to reach an "equilibrium" of military force with the United States. ||Last Friday, North Korea had fired a ballistic missile over Japan in less than a month even as the UNSC imposed new sanctions over Kim's regime