The U.S. Air Force conducted joint bombing exercises with South Korea on Wednesday in another impressive show of military force just a week after North Korea tested an alleged intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) over Japan.
The exercises are part of an annual series of joint large-scale military exercises with South Korea that began on Monday, known as “Vigilante Ace,” involving 230 aircraft and about 12,000 service members from both countries.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry issued a statement saying the exercises were “aimed at enhancing the all-weather, day and night combined air power operation capabilities of South Korea and the U.S.” The operation in question has North Korea in mind and is aimed at practicing for any potential need to neutralize North Korean nuclear and missile targets.
Some of the exercises reportedly involved the simulation wartime scenarios that include neutralizing North Korean nuclear and missile targets.
“Through the exercise, the South Korean and U.S. air forces have demonstrated the alliance’s strong will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats,” the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.