A B-1B Lancer bomber has staged a mock bombing run near the North Korean border, as part of a large combined air aerial drill involving hundreds of warplanes.

The drill was part of the annual joint military exercises held between U.S. and South Korean forces.

The aerial drill was meant as a clear show of force to North Korea, coming just a week after Pyongyang conducted its longest ICBM test to date.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Guam-based bomber stages simulated land strikes at a military field near South Korea’s eastern coast during a drill with American and South Korean fighter jets.

“Through the drill, the South Korean and U.S. air forces displayed the allies’ strong intent and ability to punish North Korea when threatened by nuclear weapons and missiles,” the military said in a statement.

The five-day drills that began Monday involve more than 200 aircraft, including six U.S. F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters.

The annual exercises are a sore spot for the North Koreans who have demanded they cease before any discussions can begin about Pyongyang’s ongoing nuclear weapons development. The Trump administration, meanwhile, has said that requirement is a non-starter. [source]

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