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Donald Trump will Visit the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea

11 October 2017

During Tuesday's drills, the US bombers, which flew from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, staged simulated air-to-ground missile striking drills off the peninsula's east coast before flying across the country accompanied by the two South Korean fighters.

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. "This incident did not demonstrate the ability to disable operations", FireEye said.

'This is a clear demonstration of our ability to conduct seamless operations with all of our allies anytime, anywhere, ' the U.S. release quoted him as saying.

Senior diplomats of the United States, Japan and South Korea are to meet on October 18 in Seoul to discuss North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats, according to the South Korean foreign ministry.

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The exercises came hours after a South Korean lawmaker claimed North Korean hackers had stolen a large cache of military documents from his country, "including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, and wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea", reports the BBC.

Amid escalating tensions between North Korea and the USA, critics were alarmed Tuesday when a South Korean news outlet reported that President Donald Trump will travel to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the neighboring countries next month.

They staged a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with two F-15K fighters over the East Sea and flew across the peninsula, Yonhap news agency reported.

News of the hack is likely to further fuel tensions between the USA and North Korea, as leaders of the two countries have been exchanging insults over Pyongyang's recent missile tests.

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The United States has a rotating squadron of long-range B-1 bombers stationed in Guam known as the "Continuous Bomber Presence".

The F-15 escorts are notable "because combined operations require consent from South Korea, so this does not represent US unilateral action", according to Pinkston.

North Korea did not conduct any launches or tests on Tuesday's anniversary. Some military experts believe that power supply problems make it hard for North Korea to turn on its air defense radars for 24 hours a day and also that the systems might struggle to effectively track advanced warplanes such as B-1Bs, which have low radar-cross sections.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un exchanged heated rhetoric in recent weeks.

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"The operations plan that they are referring to is a bilateral plan, so the Republic of Korea-US alliance remains steadfast in their commitment to make sure they safeguard that information and ensure readiness on the Korean peninsula to counter any North Korean threats", Manning said.

Donald Trump will Visit the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea