November 3, 2017
Just days before President Trump arrives in South Korea, the U.S. Air Force is conducting drills over the Korean peninsula.
The U.S. flew B-1 bombers over South Korea on Thursday, while accompanied by South Korean and Japanese fighter jets.
North Korean state media called the exercise “practice” for a surprise nuclear attack, although that was quickly disproved.
The U.S. has maintained an active military presence near the Korean border ahead of President Trump’s visit to the region next week.
National Security advisor H.R. McMaster says the president is well aware of the significance of the trip.
“The president recognizes that we’re running out of time and will ask all nations to do more…In particular the president will continue to call on all responsible nations., especially those with the most influence over North Korea, to isolate the North Korean regime economically and politically,” announced McMaster.
An Air Force spokesperson says the flyover was planned in advance, and was not in response to any event.