The US and South Korea are undertaking joint military exercises
The allies undertook a military exercise, codenamed Max Thunder, in a bid to “sharpen tactical skills” and “test aerial combat capability”.
Around 1,000 US airmen and fighter jets have teamed up with the South Korean Air Force in a joint combat training to ensure they are ready to combat the North’s provocations, the Pacific Command (PACOM) announced today.
Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Bergeson, 7th Air Force commander, said: “Exercise Max Thunder serves as an invaluable opportunity for US and South Korean forces to train together shoulder-to-shoulder and sharpen tactical skills vital to the defence and security of the Korean Peninsula.
“This exercise will rigorously test our aerial combat capability and highlights the ironclad commitment between the U.S. and (South Korea), and the multifaceted capabilities we possess in this theatre.”
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U.S. and South Korean marines participate in the endurance exercise in temperature below minus 20 degrees celsius under a scenario to defend the country from any possible attacks from North Korea.
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On Sunday, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly, we have no choice!”
North Korea’s latest missile test was a failure as it exploded seconds after it was set off in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The reclusive state’s media has made no comment on the launch, which analysts say is normal for the Pyongyang regime when things go awry.
On Saturday Choe Ryong Hae, a close aide to Kim Jong-un said: “If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare.”
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Pence is in Korea to discuss the country's continued support for one another
Analysts believe Trump is not seeking to become embroiled in hostilities with Kim Jong-un’s regime, but to “harden” China's position towards the reclusive state by unnerving Beijing into reining in its wayward neighbour.
The UK Foreign Office has also responded saying it is "concerned by reports of a missile test by North Korea" and is "monitoring the situation closely".
The armed forces are taking part in an exercise named Max Thunder
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also posted on Twitter: “I strongly condemn the latest North Korean missile launch. They must stop these belligerent acts and comply with UN resolutions.”
The US has warned that a policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea is over. US vice-president Mike Pence travels to South Korea on Sunday on a long planned 10-day trip to Asia.