US Air Force drops 'dummy bombs' near North Korea

In another drill held after the ICBM test, USA and South Korean troops fired ballistic missiles simulating an attack on the North's leadership "as a strong message of warning", the South's military said at the time.

North Korea announced on Tuesday it successfully test-launched an ICBM, saying the missile was capable of carrying a large and heavy nuclear warhead.

North Korea has criticised a practice bombing run on the Korean peninsula by two US B-1B bombers as a risky move, raising the risk of nuclear war.

"North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland", Gen. Terrence O' Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, explained in a press statement.


North Korea on Sunday lashed out at a live-fire drill the US and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the "tipping point" of nuclear war.

The scenario assumed precision bombing of key facilities in the North, including a strike on a hypothetical North Korean ballistic missile launch pad and an underground facility.

"Of course, as always, you have our absolute support in your efforts to ensure peace and stability is restored on the Korean peninsula", Mr Turnbull said.

The Korean War was marked by deadly USA bombing campaigns in Korea. The penetrate takes after a jointly mounted guns and rocket practice by South Korean and US powers a day after the North's ICBM test.


Lieutenant General Thomas Bergeson, US Forces Korea deputy commander, said the mission demonstrated the allies remain "prepared to use the full range of capabilities to defend and to preserve the security of the Korean peninsula and region".

The Trump administration has tried to pressure Beijing to rein in North Korea, a major trading partner, to halt Kim Jong-un's development of nuclear weapons before they have the ability to threaten the US homeland.

Kim urged officials and scientists to "frequently send big and small "gift packages" to the Yankees" and said he will push ahead with bolstering the North's nuclear force "unless the US hostile policy and nuclear threat to the DPRK are definitely terminated", the official Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday. "It is imperative for the worldwide community to increase sanctions and pressure on North Korea over its provocations, but the issue should be resolved through dialogue and eventually peace".

Trump has voiced his frustration in recent days that China hasn't done more.


The bombers, which can carry 84 500-pound bombs, fired releasing inert weapons at the Pilsung Range. This would be longer and higher than any other previously tested missile. The test, which will be conducted by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), is scheduled to take place this month.


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