USA bombers fly over Korean Peninsula after North Korea missile test
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jul 10, 2017,
Jul 10, 2017, 0:22
Amid heightened tensions with North Korea, the US will conduct a flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an element of the nation's ballistic missile defense system, Fox News has learned.
Despite the sabre-rattling, the United States and South Korea have said they are committed to resolving the crisis over the North's pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile peacefully.
Tension has been high as the United States administration under President Donald Trump and the North's regime under leader Kim Jong-Un have exchanged hostile rhetoric for months.
Russian Federation has blocked Thursday at the united nations a draft american declaration to take "significant measures" against North Korea, arguing that the missile fired Tuesday by Pyongyang was of medium range and not intercontinental.
The Pilsung Range is located in the center of South Korea and is jointly operated by the USA and South Korean air forces, CNN reported.
"Something has to be done about it", Trump said as he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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. Abe said that Japan and Sweden would work together to combat terrorism. "But obviously, any kind of effort by North Korea to start a war would lead to severe consequences", Mattis said.
In a meeting in Hamburg, Germany, they pledged to boost pressure on North Korea to curb its weapons programs, as well as to push China - the main economic and diplomatic benefactor of North Korea - to rein in its defiant neighbor, according to a senior Japanese official.
Trump has voiced his frustration in recent days that China hasn't done more.
During Saturday's drill, long-range B-1B Lancer bombers reportedly flew close to the heavily-fortified border between two Koreas and dropped 2,000-pound (900 kilogram) bombs. This would be longer and higher than any other previously tested missile.
"North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland", Gen. Terrence O' Shaughnessy, U.S. Pacific Air Forces commander, said in a statement from Pacific Air Forces. The test, which will be conducted by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), is scheduled to take place this month.
The THAAD interceptors will be fired from Alaska.