The US and South Korean Air Forces are to hold joint military exercises in the skies over the Korean Peninsula, according to military officials in Seoul.
Two American supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers alongside two South Korean F-15K fighter jets are to hold maneuvers for a few hours during the drills, which are conducted on a regular basis, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing defense officials.
“Our Air Force plans to hold a joint drill with two B-1Bs in the sky of the Korean Peninsula today,” Lt. Col. Kim Sung-duk, a public relations officer for the South Korean Air Force, stated as cited by the agency. He did not specify the exact time and place of the exercises, nor the tasks that are to be undertaken.
The drills are to include a mock bombing operation at the Pilsung Range in the eastern province of Gangwon, Yonhap reported citing sources.
There has been no confirmation from Washington so far. However, it can come after the end of the mission as potential operations are not discussed for “security reasons,” according the agency citing a US Pacific Air Forces official.
The move comes amid escalating tensions with North Korea and following the death of an American student who had been held by Pyongyang for 17 months.