Τετάρτη, 16 Μαΐου 2018

US Ethos: B-52 bomber excluded from drills after North Korea complains

B-52 bomber excluded from drills
Joint exercises between the United States and South Korea will move forward but the B-52 strategic bomber and eight F-22 Raptors will not be deployed during drills.


The decision to downscale the drills was reached between U.S. Forces Korea Commander Vincent Brooks and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo Wednesday, after North Korea criticized the joint exercise Max Thunder being held in the South, News 1 reported.

Pyongyang's criticism of the United States and South Korea came as a surprise to the South Korean military.

Song canceled all official activities on Wednesday to hold emergency meetings with Brooks and relevant ministries in response to the North's KCNA statement.

Brooks and Song's decision to reduce the size of the exercises came after a 30-minute meeting.

Max Thunder is an annual drill between the two allies and runs for 15 days from May 11 to May 25.
 (UPI)
 16/5/18
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