Korea Peninsula Tensions

Seoul's Defence Ministry said that, South Korea and the United States held joint air drills over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday.

F-16 fighters and B-1 Bombers from the US air force as well as f-35a stealth fighters and f-15k jets from South Korean air force participated in the drills.

The joint aerial exercise came a day after North Korea fired a long-range missile from its capital into the sea off Japan.

In recent years the united states and South Korea had downsized or cancelled some of their major drills first to support the former Trump administration’s diplomatic efforts with Pyongyang and then because of covid-19.

But North Korea’s growing nuclear threats have raised the urgency for South Korea and Japan to strengthen their defence postures in line with their alliances with the US.