N. Korea blasts U.S. bombing drills in S. Korea
SEOUL, March 16 (Yonhap) — North Korea on Thursday condemned South Korea and the United States for “escalating nuclear attack threats,” citing the participation of U.S. strategic bombers and the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson in joint military drills in South Korea.
North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, said a fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers from the Andersen air base on Guam made a stealth flight over the Sangdong firing range of South Korea on Monday for about an hour on a nuclear bomb-dropping drill aimed at making preemptive strikes at major targets of the DPRK. DPRK is an acronym for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the North’s official name.
The defense ministry didn’t confirm the deployment of the U.S. strategic assets to the region, where tensions have increased in recent weeks with North Korea’s missile launches and the killing of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother in Malaysia.
A spokesman for U.S. Forces Korea said, “We do not discuss operational matters.”
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