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These maneuvers, the biggest ones remembered by local media, take place following the launch by North Korea of a new intercontinental missile last week.
South Korea and the United States began on Monday (04.12.2017) a large-scale air maneuvers that represent a new display of strength against North Korea after the Kim Jong-un regime launched a new intercontinental missile last week.
These maneuvers, called “Vigilant ACE”, “seek to improve the combined operational capacity of the two countries both day and night and in any weather conditions,” a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry told Efe. However, the Ministry did not want to confirm whether it is the largest aerial maneuvers ever carried out between Washington and Seoul, although local media insisted that they are the largest they are remembered, with 230 aircraft and some 12,000 personnel involved.
In the exercises, which conclude on December 8, two dozen poachers, such as the F-22 or the F-35, and two strategic B-1B bombers participate on the US side. Although the exercises have a biannual frequency and were already planned before North Korea made its last ballistic missile test last Wednesday, it is very unusual for the Pentagon to carry out a deployment of this magnitude.
During the maneuvers the allies will simulate attacks on false South Korean nuclear facilities and self-propelled platforms like those used by the Pyongyang regime to deploy their missiles.
Agreement to put pressure on Pyongyang
All this operation is part of the agreement endorsed in October between Washington and Seoul to increase the “rotational deployment” of US strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula with the goal of pressuring Pyongyang to return to the talks for its denuclearization.
The North Korean regime already condemned yesterday with hardness through a statement published by the state news agency KCNA these exercises, which usually considers a trial to invade its territory.
“Vigilant ACE” is held this year just five days after North Korea launched the Hwasong-15, which to date is its most advanced intercontinental missile and which puts Pyongyang closer and closer to being able to reach the US with nuclear weapons .
The continued testing of weapons from North Korea, coupled with the bellicose tone with which US President Donald Trump has responded, has increased the tension on the Korean peninsula to unprecedented levels since the end of the Korean War (1950-1953).