In an ever increasing level of tension in the Korean Peninsula, the South Korean and U.S. militaries stayed with their prior planned exercises. It will continue until December 8th.
H.R. McMaster, the president’s national security adviser said in a FOX interview: “The priorities that the president’s given us [are] to move as quickly as we can to resolve this crisis with North Korea,” McMaster told Fox News in an interview Sunday.
“If necessary, the president and the United States will have to take care of it, because he has said he’s not going to allow this murderous, rogue regime to threaten the United States.” McMaster continued.
The five-day Vigilant Ace exercise includes some 12,000 military personnel and 230 aircraft – including six F-22 and 18 F-35s, both with stealth capabilities. South Korean media said B-1 bombers would also participate in the exercise, but the Air Force declined to confirm that.
Two dozen U.S. stealth jets were among hundreds of aircraft involved in war games in South Korea on Monday intended as a show of strength to neighboring North Korea.
Dubbed Vigilant Ace, the annual military drills come amid heightened tensions in the region triggered by Kim Jong Un’s missile and nuclear tests and the ratcheting up of rhetoric from both sides.
A total of 230 planes will fly from eight locations in South Korea, the Air Force said in a statement.
The Washington Post
The third annual drills were scheduled long before the recent increase in tensions between North Korea and the outside world, and they are comparable in size to those in previous years, although fifth-generation stealth jets are involved for the first time this year.