World Japanese fighters conducted air drills with U.S. B-1B bombers on Tuesday

05:05  09 august  2017
05:05  09 august  2017 Source:   Reuters

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Japanese fighters conducted air drills with U . S . B - 1 B bombers on Tuesday - The exercise around Japan 's southern Kyushu island involved two U . S . Air Force B - 1 B Lancer bombers and two Japanese F-2 jet fighters , Japan 's Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) said in a news release.

South Korea said on Tuesday it had conducted a joint drill with a U . S . supersonic B - 1 B Lancer bomber after North Korea's state media earlier accused the United States of staging a drill to practise dropping nuclear bombs on the Korean peninsula.

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber sits on the runway at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam July 18, 2017. © U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS. FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber sits on the runway at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam July 18, 2017. Japan said it had conducted joint air drills with U.S. supersonic bombers in Japanese skies close to the Korean peninsula on Tuesday as tension in the region escalates amid North Korea's continued ballistic missile tests.

The exercise around Japan's southern Kyushu island involved two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers and two Japanese F-2 jet fighters, Japan's Air Self Defence Force (ASDF) said in a news release.

North Korea said on Wednesday it is considering a strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, hours after President Donald trump said any threat from Pyongyang would be met with "fire and fury."

Andersen Air Force Base on Guam is where the U.S. keeps its B1-B bombers deployed to the Asia Pacific.

The U.S. planes, which are capable of carrying nuclear bombs, followed up the drills with Japan with a separate exercise with South Korean Forces, the ASDF said.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Kim Coghill)

Japan, US conduct live-fire drill amid regional tension .
Some 300 Japanese and US military personnel on Wednesday carried out live-fire artillery training in northern Japan, officials said, amid high regional tensions over North Korean missile threats. The drill, part of a 19-day exercise, came after a tense war of words between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's threats to fire missiles towards the Pacific island of Guam.Troops from Japan's Ground Self-Defence Force (GSDF) and US Marines fired live ammunition from armed vehicles at a manoeuvre area on the northern island of Hokkaido.

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