The U.S. Navy is conducting joint drills with South Korea navy in a show of sea and air power created to warn off North Korea from any military action.
Two Guam-based B-1B bombers flew through South Korean airspace and over the country's Pilsung Range on the latest exercise there on Thursday, November 2, the U.S. Air Force said. According to the US, the bombers were participating in a drill that was scheduled in advance and not a related to the tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.
KCNA reported that US President Donald Trump ordered the planes to fly from Guam to the Sangdong firing range in South Korea to conduct nuke dropping drills.
"The pair of bombers conducted sequenced bilateral missions with South Korean fighters and Japanese fighters, the US Pacific Air Forces said in a statement".
"The gangster-like United States imperialists are ceaselessly resorting to their frantic nuclear threat and blackmail to stifle the DPRK with nukes at any cost", a post from KCNA said.
But while it packs a punch, the B-1 remains disarmed of nuclear weapons.
There was no immediate confirmation from the US and South Korean militaries.
Under the escort of South Korean fighter jets, the U.S. airmen practiced dropping nuclear bombs on "key" North Korean targets set up on a South Korean shooting range, it added.
"B-1B bombers have flown over the Korean Peninsula once or twice per month", a military source said. Including the deployment of USS Ronald Reagan, a 100,000-ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier.
But Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie Jr, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters last week the three carrier groups would conduct a joint exercise to demonstrate their "unique and powerful capability", the first time that's happened in the Pacific in a decade.