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US Flew Bombers Over Korean Peninsula Late Tuesday, South Korea Says

11 October 2017

During Tuesday's drills, the USA bombers, which flew from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, staged simulated air-to-ground missile striking drills off the peninsula's east coast before flying across the country accompanied by the two South Korean fighters.

South Korean defence authorities on Wednesday said the bombers staged a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with two South Korean fighters over the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

More recently, Seoul accused North Korea of having hacked, stolen and leaked sensitive military secrets and Seoul-Washington war plans.

Amid escalating tensions between North Korea and the US, critics were alarmed Tuesday when a South Korean news outlet reported that President Donald Trump will travel to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the neighboring countries next month. Such flights by the powerful aircraft based in Guam incense the North, which claims they are preparation for war; Pyongyang has threatened to send missiles into the waters around Guam. "We strongly urge North Korea and the USA to stop their bellicose posturing and seriously think about a peaceful solution", it said.

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At the time, the Pentagon's chief spokesman said the mission was in response to North Korea's recent ICBM and nuclear tests.

The military exercise was the first nighttime American B-1 bomber drill conducted with the two US allies in the region.

The show of force happened Tuesday as President Donald Trump met with his national security team to discuss options for dealing with the growing threat from the North.

The drills were conducted not long after Lee broke the news about the alleged cyberattacks to reporters. Despite the global sanctions, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un continues to develop nuclear weapons and advance his nation's ballistic missile program.

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President Trump hosted a discussion on options to respond to any North Korean aggression, or, if necessary, to prevent Pyongyang from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons, the White House said in a statement.

The data, said to be 235 gigabytes of military documents, was stolen from the Defense Integrated Data Center in September 2016.

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Pictured: North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang. In 2014, the USA government blamed North Korea for the the hack on Sony Pictures.

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US Flew Bombers Over Korean Peninsula Late Tuesday, South Korea Says