US Bombers Hold Live-Fire Drill, Drop 2000lb Bombs Near DPRK

US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force

US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force

President Moon Jae-in and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Berlin on Wednesday amid heightened tensions after North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The U.S. Air Force said the flight was in response to "a series of increasingly escalatory actions by North Korea", including the launch of a ballistic missileearly Tuesday.

Before this launch, North Korea conducted satellite launches that critics say were cloaked tests of its long-range missile technology.

The B-1B bombers conducted the live-fire exercise at a range in South Korea's eastern Gangwon province, dropping weapons in a simulated attack on a missile launcher.

The scenario assumed precision bombing of key facilities in the North, including a strike on a hypothetical North Korean ballistic missile launch pad and an underground facility.

The isolated authoritarian state has staged five nuclear tests, including two previous year, and has been making a concerted effort to develop its missile capability.

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"Of course, as always, you have our absolute support in your efforts to ensure peace and stability is restored on the Korean peninsula", Mr Turnbull said.

Asked by a reporter at the trilateral meeting - part of which was open to the media - whether he has given up on Chinese President Xi Jinping pressuring North Korea to change its course, Trump said, "Never give up".

The White House said after the meeting with Abe that the United States was "prepared to use the full range of capabilities" in defence of Japan. The penetrate takes after a jointly mounted guns and rocket practice by South Korean and USA powers a day after the North's ICBM test. "But obviously, any kind of effort by North Korea to start a war would lead to severe consequences", Mattis said.

Some experts believe the missile has the range to reach Alaska and Hawaii and the test signalled a significant advance in the North's declared intent to build a nuke which can hit the United States mainland.

The B-1B bombers, which have the largest conventional payload of any Air Force bomber, sent to Korea were meant to reinforce that message.

Sunday's comments were reported in English by the state Korean Central News Agency; the news agency said that the recent drill increased the threat of a nuclear war. And if it fired at a normal trajectory it could put Alaska in its range.