South Korea, the USA, and Japan will conduct a joint aerial drill this weekend involving a US nuclear-weapons-capable B-52 bomber, based on media experiences Wednesday.
The trilateral train on Sunday would be the first of its form carried out close to the Korean peninsula, an unnamed navy supply advised Yonhap information company.
An official at Seoul’s protection ministry declined to substantiate the experiences, however stated the three international locations have been increasing joint workout routines “to counter missile and nuclear threats from North Korea.”
Pyongyang views all such workout routines as rehearsals for invasion and has repeatedly warned it could take “overwhelming” motion in response.
“The South Korea-US-Japan joint aerial train will encompass a formation flight with the US strategic bomber B-52 escorted by fighter jets of the three international locations,” a supply advised Yonhap.
The bomber landed at a South Korean airbase on Tuesday after first making a flyover on the nation’s largest defence exhibition.
Its arrival adopted a port go to final week by the nuclear-powered plane service 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 refuelling at an altitude reaching 50,000 ft.
Pyongyang baulks at Washington’s deployment of such long-range navy property and in 2017 threatened to “shoot down” US strategic bombers even outdoors North Korean airspace.
Sunday’s train comes as Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo beef up trilateral defence cooperation towards rising missile and nuclear threats from the North.
In August, the leaders of the three international locations met for a summit at Camp David, agreeing to a multi-year plan of normal joint workout routines and to share real-time knowledge on North Korea.
Final 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 2-day drill simulated intercepting North Korean smuggling vessels, Seoul’s navy stated.