United States bombers conduct military drills over Korean peninsula

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US Air Force B-1 bombers carried out mock missile launches off both coasts of South Korea Tuesday night in the latest show of force against North Korea, South Korean military officials said.

The show of force happened Tuesday as President Donald Trump met with his national security team to discuss options for dealing with the growing threat from the North.

It said the United States warplanes flew with fighter jets from the South Korean air force and Japan Self-Defense Force in the first nighttime B-1 bomber exercise between the three allies.

The warplanes conducted bombing simulations in the seas off both sides of the peninsula and flew across the territory in a almost three-hour mission, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The U.S. military said in a separate statement Japanese fighters had also joined the drill, making it the first night-time combined exercise for the U.S. bombers with fighters from Japan and South Korea. North Korea needs time and proof to believe that abandoning its nuclear programme will contribute to its own political and economic advantage.

"They likely remain committed to pursuing targets in the energy sector, especially in South Korea and among the USA and its allies, as a means of deterring potential war or sowing disorder during a time of armed conflict".

The North has test-fired dozens of missiles, including two ICBMs in July.

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The US bombers had taken off from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

"FireEye devices detected and stopped spear phishing emails sent on September 22, 2017, to USA electric companies by known cyber threat actors likely affiliated with the North Korean government", the infosec outfit reported on Tuesday. It also stressed that the crew of about 150 "operates with a high state of readiness and is always prepared to tackle any mission that comes their way".

"The Korean-American relationship is very important and our visit to Chinhae gives us the opportunity to strengthen the outstanding relationship that exists between the USA and the Republic of Korea", said Commander Chad Hardt, the submarine's commanding officer, according to a release issued by Pacific Command. Chad Hardt, commanding officer.

Two supersonic USA bombers have flown over the Korean peninsula in a "show of force" despite Kim Jong-Un's threats to shoot them down.

Yonhap said South Korean defense officials said in May that North Korea may have hacked a crucial South Korean military online network but didn't say what was stolen. Such flights by the powerful aircraft based in Guam incense the North, which claims they are preparation for war; Pyongyang has threatened to send missiles into the waters around Guam.

On Tuesday, a South Korean lawmaker said North Korean hackers had reportedly stolen a large cache of military documents from his country, including a wartime contingency plans drawn up by the United States and South Korea.

Trump will travel to South Korea as part of a visit to the region that will take place from November 3-14 and will include stops in Japan, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii.

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