HUNDREDS of US and South Korean war planes took off in the latest “provocation” of North Korea yesterday — a week after it tested a missile capable of hitting Washington.
The South Korean Defence Ministry said the five-day Vigilant Ace manoeuvres were intended to increase readiness for war.
Some 230 planes from eight bases are involved, including six F-22 and 18 F-35 stealth fighters of the US Seventh Air Force.
Local media have reported that B-1B bombers will also join aerial drills, but officials did not confirm their participation.
The Seventh Air Force claimed the training, held each year in late autumn, is not in response to any incident or provocation.
But North Korean media said the drill pushed the Korean peninsula “to the brink of nuclear war.”