The United States and Japan conducted air drills Wednesday, flying bombers and jets, as tensions with North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un appeared to have cooled slightly following a testy week loaded with threats and nuclear war rhetoric.
Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew out of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the U.S. island territory that was directly threatened with a missile strike by the North last week, and two Japanese F-15 fighter jets drilled to the southwest of the Korean peninsula, Reuters reported, citing a release from Japan’s Air Self Defense Force.
“These training flights with Japan demonstrate the solidarity and resolve we share with our allies to preserve peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific,” the U.S. Air Force said.
The drills also come after Kim issued a terse warning Monday after going over a plan to strike Guam with four missiles. But he also appeared to roll back his rhetoric even though he referred to the U.S. as “the Yankees.”