After Kim Jong Un Backs Off, US and Japan Fly Bombers Near Korean Peninsula

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.”

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