Two U.S. B-1B bombers flew air drills with two Japanese F-15s southwest of the Korean peninsula Wednesday, days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was watching the behavior of the United States before deciding whether to order a missile launch toward the U.S. territory of Guam.
The two U.S. bombers took off from Anderson Air Force Base on Guam to conduct the drills with the Japanese fighter jets near the Senkaku Islands, the Air Force said in a statement.
“These training flights with Japan demonstrate the solidarity and resolve we share with our allies to preserve peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific,” the Air Force said.
The U.S. often flies its bombers in the region as a show of force to North Korea and others. After North Korea threatened to launch missiles near Guam last week, U.S., Japanese and South Korean aircraft flew over the Korean peninsula.