The United States and South Korea conducted a joint attack squadron flight and fired precision guided bombs at an island in the Yellow Sea in response to North Korea‘s intermediate range ballistic missile launch Tuesday, Seoul defense officials said.
Four U.S. Air Force F-16s and four South Korean F-15K fighter jets took part in the exercise, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs said in a statement. An F-15K dropped a pair of Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, precision bombs at a firing range on the uninhabited Yellow Sea island of Jikdo.
“Through this combined attack squadron flight and precision bombing training, South Korea and the United States have demonstrated their will to respond decisively to any North Korean provocations and the ability to precisely strike the origin of provocations with the overwhelming power of the alliance,” the statement said.
North Korea fired a missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, causing authorities to issue evacuation warnings to residents of Aomori and Hokkaido Prefectures.