SEOUL, South Korea ( Associated Press) – Nuclear-capable bombers and US stealth fighters took off against North Korea on Tuesday in a show of strength, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s influential sister raised doubts about her country’s military. mocked and threatened. Test-fire its full range of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The deployment of B-53 bombers and F-22 fighters for joint exercises with South Korean warplanes was part of an agreement to defend South Korea with all available means, including nuclear ones, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry.
The ministry said the drills, which also involved South Korean F-35 and F-15 fighter jets, were conducted in waters southwest of Jeju Island. US F-22 fighter jets have been deployed to South Korea for the first time in four years and will continue training with South Korean forces this week.
The exercise came after North Korea announced in recent days the launch of a test satellite to develop its own military spy satellite and tests of a solid fuel engine for use in a more mobile ICBM.
North Korea has already fired a record number of missiles this year as a warning to earlier military drills by Seoul and Washington, which it sees as rehearsals for invasion. It is feared that it may react to new associated air exercises with a new round of missile tests.
Earlier on Tuesday, Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, used derogatory terms such as “malicious put-downs”, “garbage” and “barking” to criticize outside analysis that accused North Korea of spy satellites and long-range nuclear weapons. Doubts have been cast on the development of missiles. scope.