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US, South Korea militaries carry out air exercises

The defence ministry says that the drills aimed to promote interoperability between the militaries and were an effective demonstration of alliance capabilities in the face of North Korean threats.

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A handout photo dated Feb 1, 2023 shows South Korean and US Air Forces conducting a combined air training with South Korean F-35A fighters, US B-1B strategic bombers, and F-22 and F-35B fighters participating in the skies over the West Sea, in South Korea. Photo: Reuters
A handout photo dated Feb 1, 2023 shows South Korean and US Air Forces conducting a combined air training with South Korean F-35A fighters, US B-1B strategic bombers, and F-22 and F-35B fighters participating in the skies over the West Sea, in South Korea. Photo: Reuters

The US and South Korea carried out combined military air exercises involving B-1B bombers as well as F-22 and F-35 fighter aircraft, the South Korean defence ministry said on Thursday.

The ministry said in a statement that the drills aimed to promote interoperability between the militaries and were an effective demonstration of alliance capabilities in the face of North Korean threats.

The disclosure of the new exercises came just two days after US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Seoul.

During talks this week, the defence chiefs of the US and South Korea said they would expand military drills and boost nuclear deterrence planning to counter North Korea's weapons development and prevent a war.

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