USA strategic bombers to train in South Korea

A US soldier takes part in ‘Vigilant Ace’ drills with South Korea at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek. Reuters

New operations this week will see USA bombers fly over the Korean peninsula as part of a huge drill that is being co-ordinated with South Korea.

The bombing drill comes just one week after North Korea conducted a test of a never-before-seen intercontinental ballistic missile theoretically able to range all of the continental U.S.

Zhang Liangui, a professor of global strategic research at ChinaÂ's Central Party School, said: "North Korea has fired a new missile that can reach the U.S. and the USA is conducting large scale navy drills with South Korea".

The South Korean army's adoption of drones on the battlefield follows the footsteps of the US and Chinese armed forces, which have already adopted swarming drone tactics.

The B-1B Lancer plane simulated bombing a military field.

Hawaii is reassuring tourists about its air-raid drills, which have reinstated due to growing tensions between the USA and North Korea. The Chinese Air Force said it will conduct high-sea exercises under combat conditions on a regular basis, as it aims to improve readiness and safeguard the country's "strategic interests".

That includes North Korea's top trading partner, China, as well as Germany, Brazil, India and France.

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"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 JCS said in a statement.

The increasingly tense stand-off between the US and North Korea may have hit a new high this week.

Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the US and South Korea launched a massive combined air force exercise.

United Nations undersecretary-General Jeffrey Feltman is scheduled to meet senior officials including Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong-guk as well as United Nations staff working in the hermit state, reports the Korea Times.

US Presidential Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that China is key to unlocking the North Korea issue.

The military exercises, called "Vigilant Ace", are created to enhance joint readiness and operational capability of US extended deterrence, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. -South Korean military exercises that it claims are preparations for an invasion of the reclusive country. China is North Korea's lone major ally and fears widespread instability on its border.