Two U.S. long-range strategic bombers will train with South Korean fighter jets over the Korean peninsula later Tuesday as part of their combined drills despite warnings from North Korea, Yonhap News reported. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime claims the country's nuclear advancements is in retaliation to the U.S.-South Korea drills. Washington believes the joint military drills with Seoul are important to safeguard against any North Korean threat, which has increased over the last few months with Pyongyang's continued ballistic missile tests. North Korea conducted the tests despite strict sanctions and warnings from the United Nations and other countries around the world. "Our Air Force plans to hold a joint drill with two B-1Bs in the sky of the Korean Peninsula today," Lt. Col. Kim Sung-duk, a public relations officer of the South Korean Air Force, told reporters, adding the B-1B Lancers are scheduled to fly over Korea for a few hours along with two F-15K fighter jets.
North Korea and President Trump lashed out at each other within hours on Tuesday, in both cases threatening to hit the other side with a barrage of "fire." The threats, between the North Korean Army and Trump, came shortly after a report -- confirmed by Fox News -- that the regime has produced a compact nuclear warhead that could fit on a missile capable of reaching the United States. Speaking at his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey, Trump vowed to unleash "fire" and "fury." He said that North Korea's threats of nuclear war "will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before."
North Korea successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile Sunday, the reclusive country said Monday in a statement, also indicating advances in its ambitions to attack the United States. However, South Korea's military also said Monday that the missile -- called the Pukguksong-2 -- which was fired the previous day, is a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) with a range of up to 1,500 miles. The details about the missile comes amid concerns that Pyongyang could target South Korea and U.S. amid growing tensions surrounding the reclusive nation's nuclear advancements. Following the launch, experts weighed in on the missile's make and its range as Pyongyang continues to threaten its neighbors and the West by working on missiles that can reach the U.S. mainland. Just a day before the missile launch, North Korea said it had developed the capability to strike the U.S. mainland, although Western missile experts say the claim is exaggerated.
One of the most high profile North Korean defectors in modern history warned the United States that the reclusive regime's Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was maintaining power through the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of long-range attacks – and would use a nuclear bomb against the nation if he felt threatened. Thae Yong Ho, a former North Korean diplomat who served as the North's deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom before defecting to South Korea with his family, said the supreme leader has been "desperate" to keep a grip on his power in recent months during an exclusive interview with NBC News Sunday. Read: North Korea Will Launch Rockets'At Any Time' Kim Jong Un Pleases, Officials Say Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been high since the election of President Donald Trump last year. The north repeatedly launched ballistic missile tests in direct defiance of United Nations sanctions placed during former President Barack Obama's tenure in office. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watched the ballistic rocket launch drill of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) at an unknown location, in this undated file photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 11, 2016.
North Korean officials said Friday the regime would continue its nuclear buildup as long as South Korea and the United States continued to engage in joint military exercises. Officials said that if the nations continued their military drills, North Korea would not negotiate regarding its nuclear weapons.