TEHRAN (Tasnim) – South Korea, the United States and Japan will conduct a joint aerial drill this weekend involving a US nuclear-weapons-capable B-52 bomber, in keeping with media stories Wednesday.
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The trilateral train on Sunday would be the first of its variety carried out close to the Korean peninsula, an unnamed army supply advised Yonhap news company.
An official at Seoul’s protection ministry declined to verify the stories, however stated the three international locations have been increasing joint workouts “to counter missile and nuclear threats from North Korea”, AFP reported.
Pyongyang views all such workouts as rehearsals for invasion and has repeatedly warned it will take “overwhelming” motion in response.
“The South Korea-US-Japan joint aerial exercise will consist of a formation flight with the US strategic bomber B-52 escorted by fighter jets of the three countries,” a supply advised Yonhap.
The bomber landed at a South Korean airbase on Tuesday after first making a flyover on the nation’s largest protection exhibition.
Its arrival adopted a port go to final week by the nuclear-powered plane provider USS Ronald Reagan, which provoked an indignant response from Pyongyang.
B-52s, which fly at subsonic speeds, can journey greater than 8,800 miles with out refueling at an altitude reaching 50,000 ft.
Pyongyang baulks at Washington’s deployment of such long-range army property and in 2017 threatened to “shoot down” US strategic bombers even exterior North Korean airspace.
Sunday’s train comes as Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo beef up trilateral protection cooperation.
In August, the leaders of the three international locations met for a summit at Camp David, agreeing to a multi-year plan of standard joint workouts and to share real-time information on North Korea.
Last week, the three international locations staged a joint maritime drill in waters south of the Korean peninsula for the primary time in seven years.
The two-day drill simulated intercepting North Korean smuggling vessels, Seoul’s navy stated.