Two B-1B bombers train over Yellow Sea

US President Donald Trump's team has chalked up some successes in narrowing North Korea's diplomatic reach

US President Donald Trump's team has chalked up some successes in narrowing North Korea's diplomatic reach

The military exercises, called "Vigilant Ace", are created to enhance joint readiness and operational capability of United States extended deterrence, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

The US carried out another simulated bomb run with a supersonic B-1B bomber on Wednesday, but this time it included the US's top-of-the-line air superiority fighter, the F-22, according to Yonhap.

The South Korean Air Force deployed F-15K, KF-16 and F-5 fighter jets.

The Vigilant Ace exercise, which was scheduled before the missile launch, involves 230 aircraft and about 12,000 service members from the US and South Korea.

The Guam-based Lancer bombers trained with more than 20 fighter jets as part of the Vigilant Ace joint exercise with South Korea, which began on December 4 and will continue until Friday.

Russian Federation and China both responded by pushing the USA and North Korea away from war.

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday expressed concerns over the continued deployment of USA strategic assets.

"We hope all relevant parties can maintain calm and restraint and take steps to alleviate tensions and not provoke each other", he said.

North Korea has long spoken out against joint drills between the US and South Korea.

Kim Jong Un cares a lot about North Korea's international reputation according to Mark Tokola a former No 2 at the US

North Korea hates the B-1 bomb runs, and have threatened to shoot the plane down.

A spokesman for the ruling party-linked Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) on Sunday warned of "terrible retaliation" in response to the drills.

The ministry's spokesman labeled the USA behavior "confrontational warmongering", saying they are pushing Korea to the brink of war.

North Korea's state media confirmed the arrival of Mr Feltman and his entourage late on Tuesday without offering more details, later issuing a photograph of him and two members of his team.

The weekend saw both White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of SC say chances of war with Pyongyang were growing.

The North Korean spokesperson described the remark as an "alarming sign", given the statements were made amid the "largest-ever joint aerial drill".

But even though both sides make overtures toward war, it's far from a sure thing.

"The overall scale of forces helps contribute to a realistic site picture for those participating, especially with regard to air assets integrating in a war-time scenario with their support personnel and equipment", the USA military said.


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