While the US military aircraft conducted simulated strikes, the South Korean warplanes actually dropped MK-82 bombs.
A South Korean defense official who spoke to News 1 said it is likely any funds being allocated toward upgrades will be recorded "at the end of the year". It has been particularly sensitive about B-1B bombers, describing them as "nuclear strategic" although the planes were switched to conventional weaponry in the mid-1990s.
The North Korean Army's test firing of the Hwasong-15, its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to date has put the regime closer to striking the USA with nuclear weapons.
The U.S. Seventh Air Force has said the exercise is not in response to any incident or provocation.
If war comes, he predicts, Kim Jong-un is a "dead man" and North Korea will be occupied by U.S., South Korean, and Japanese troops.
Thirteen of them, including Angola, Cuba, Mozambique, Tanzania, Iran, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Syria, have been linked with North Korea's military.
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea
The U.S. -South Korea drills coincide with a rare visit to the isolated North by United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk met Feltman in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on Wednesday and discussed bilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest, KCNA said.
But Chinese leaders have criticised the nuclear build-up of Kim Jong-Un's regime as well as lambasting the US and South Korea for escalating tensions.
But North Korea has a problem there. Last time it was done in November shortly before the US President Donald Trump's visit to South Korea as part of his Asia tour.
North Korea has tested dozens of ballistic missiles, two of which flew over Japan, and conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test in September.
But with the United States using its best planes to message North Korea, and Pyongyang demonstrating missiles that experts assess can hit anywhere in the U.S., it's unclear just how much higher tensions on the Korean Peninsula could escalate. Chinese experts believe that this exercise targeted the Vigilant Ace-18 joint exercises launched by the South Korean and American air forces on December 4.More news: Rye Fire In Santa Clarita Only 5% Contained, Thousands Evacuated
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