U.S. bombers fly over Korean peninsula in major show of force

Matilda Long
The U.S. flew bombers over the Korean peninsula (AP Images)

The U.S. has flown bomber jets over the Korean peninsula in an aggressive show of force against North Korea.

The joint military exercise with South Korea saw two American B-1B combat bombers and two South Korean F-15K fighter jets carry out air-to-ground missiles drills off the Korean coast.

The drill comes as tensions between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump reach crisis point, with war between the countries a ‘real possibility‘, according to a leading defence think tank.

The American bombers flew from the U.S. territory of Guam on Tuesday night and into South Korean airspace, where they carried out firing exercises over the sea.

South Korea’s military said that they were taking part in ‘extended deterrence’ against the North.

The drill was a joint exercise with South Korea (AP Images)

The White House released a statement on Tuesday following a meeting between the President and his defence team, saying that ‘a range of options’ were on the table to deal with North Korea.

‘This morning President Donald J. Trump met with members of his national security team to receive a briefing from Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford,’ it read.

‘The briefing and discussion focused on a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons.’

Tensions between American and North Korea are reaching crisis levels

Earlier this week North Korea accused the CIA of trying to assassinate Kim Jong-un in May this year.

A statement released by Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang’s propaganda machine, said: ‘In May this year, a group of heinous terrorists who infiltrated into our country on the orders of the Central Intelligence Agency of the US and the South Korean puppet Intelligence Service with the purpose of carrying out a state-sponsored terrorism against our supreme headquarters using biological and chemical substance were caught and exposed.’

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