China's air force drills warn US, South Korea

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2017

USA aircraft, including F-22s, F-35s, and B-1s, on Monday began a massive exercise alongside South Korean forces, a move North Korean officials say brings the countries to the "brink of nuclear war".

"North Korea has been very critical of the military drills when it comes to Korea and the USA forces using stealth fighters", according to Woo Jung-Yeop, research fellow at Sejong Institute.

North Korea issued another stern warning to the drills continue between South Korean and US forces.

Japan is said to have expressed interest in Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Missile, which can strike targets on the Korean peninsula from 600 miles away.

The exercises were of significant size: they included fighter jets, reconnaissance planes, early warning aircraft and surface-to-air missile batteries along the coast.

"The threat here on the peninsula is very real, and countering that threat needs to be in the forefront of our minds", Betts said. "We will ensure we have no regrets if we find ourselves executing contingency operations". F-22 Raptors, F-35 Lightning IIs, F-16 Fighting Falcons, F-15 Eagles, F/A-18 Hornets and EA-18G Growlers will be flying alongside South Korean F-15K Slam Eagles and F-4 Phantom IIs during the wargame under realistic wartime conditions.

During the Korean War that began in 1950 and is still technically ongoing, China came to the aid of the communist Northern Korean factions against the U.S. and their Southern allies, repaying the fledgling North's contribution to their own civil war, which the Chinese Communist Party had only won the previous year with Korean communist help.

"What the president's saying is, we all need to take care of it", National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. HR McMaster told Fox News on December 3.

North Korea's state media confirmed the arrival of Feltman and his entourage late on Tuesday without offering more details.

"And as you know, this is a regime that's never met a weapon that it hasn't proliferated".

China has condemned North Korean nuclear tests and gradually distanced themselves from their once-close ally, even backing United Nations sanctions against the fellow socialist country in September following a test of their nuclear program.

"It's insane to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea", Graham, a Republican senator from SC, said on CBS's Face the Nation.

Officials in Pyongyang have described the exercises as the US president "begging for a nuclear war".

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