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South Korea, US hold air drills after North Korean missile launch

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – South Korea and the United States conducted joint aerial exercises involving a nuclear-capable US B-1B strategic bomber on Sunday after North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile towards the sea from the Japan, a South Korean news agency reported. , citing the South Korean military.

The joint US-South Korean exercises took place over the Korean peninsula as part of the ongoing Freedom Shield exercise which began March 13 and also involved South Korean F-35A fighter jets, American F-16 fighters and B-1B strategic bombers.

A similar exercise took place in the region on March 3.

Earlier on Sunday, media reported that Pyongyang had tested a ballistic missile from the Tongchang-ri region on North Korea’s west coast. According to South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missile traveled about 800 kilometers (497 miles) and fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

North Korea’s latest test firing comes three days after Pyongyang launched a Hwansong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile in response to joint military exercises by the United States and South Korea.

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