North Korea tests ICBM; U.S. responds with Air Force exercises

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After North Korea’s latest missile test showed the longest possible range of an intercontinental ballistic missile made by Pyongyang, the U.S. military responded with a show of force in the air.

According to ABC news, military officials announced yesterday(Sun.) that fighter jets from America, Japan, and South Korea conducted 10-hours’ worth of joint efforts that included a low-flyover around Osan Air Force Base and practiced intercept and formation training.

A release from the U.S. Pacific Forces detailed the aircraft involved which included a pair of B-1 lancers out of Andersen air force base, two F-2 fighters from Japan’s self-defense force and four F-15 fighter jets out of South Korea. General Terrence O’Shaughnessy U.S. Pacific Forces commander called North Korea the most urgent threat to regional stability, clarifying while diplomacy remains the lead desire “If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing.”