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USA and South Korea perform their largest joint air maneuvers

Military exercises begin five days after North Korea fired an intercontinental missile capable of reaching the United States

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USA and South Korea perform their largest joint air maneuvers

The United States and South Korea are closing ranks against North Korea again. The two countries started on Monday a new round of joint military maneuvers, on this occasion and majors of this type to date between both nations. Up to 230 warplanes and 12,000 soldiers participate in exercises that, although y are annual and have been scheduled for months, are carried out when message of unity and force against North Korean regime is crucial: just five days after Let Pyongyang launch a new intercontinental missile and proclaim itself a "nuclear State".

In se "massive" warfare exercises, among ors, six American fighters F-22 and half a dozen more of F-35 type sent from or bases in Pacific for occasion. The objective is "to improve capacities of combined air operation in any wear conditions and both day and night", said a spokesman of Ministry of Defense of South Korea to local agency YONHAP.

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During five days of maneuvering in South Korean skies, deployed troops will focus ir efforts on simulating air strikes against North Korean targets, such as nuclear facilities or ballistic missile launch platforms. North Korea, through its state media, considered this weekend that exercises "pose a serious military provocation that will push already acute situation in peninsula to brink of a nuclear war" and threatened with an "answer" Ruthless. "

North Korea believes that joint military exercises between United States and South Korea are an invasion trial of ir territory and are accustomed to react angrily. In addition to verbal threats, it is common to match se drills on south side of peninsula with ir own, or to respond with ballistic missile tests.

The North Korean regime successfully launched last week a new type of intercontinental missile, Hwasong-15, which analysts could travel up to 13,000 kilometres if it were to be launched on a standard trajectory. After test, North Korea presumed to be able to fire a rocket-laden with a "very large" nuclear bomb-and make it impact anywhere in United States. The experts consider that regime does not yet dominate certain technical aspects, such as re-entry into atmosphere of missile or accuracy of it, but point out that progress of Asian country's armaments programme is tangible and progresses in leaps and bounds to Despite economic sanctions imposed by international community.

"The Hwasong-15 marks a significant improvement in North Korea's ability to attack U.S.," assures an analysis of specialized portal 38North, linked to Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. According to text, regime is likely to fire "two or three missiles over next four to six months" to validate performance of new rocket. It would be, unlike what happened last week, of missiles that would fly on a standard trajectory and would most likely target Pacific waters. The regime led by Kim Jong-Un has done so with two medium-range rockets of type Hwasong-12, launched three months ago, that flew over norrn Japan.

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