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Pentagon: B-52s Have Not Been Pulled From SKorea Military Drills

17 May 2018

A report from South Korea's Yonhap News Agency posted Wednesday said that the nuclear-capable bombers would not participate in the air drills between the USA and South Korea.

People watch a TV screen reporting that North Korea will dismantle nuke test site during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 13, 2018.

In Lee's opinion, the U.S. should simply release a statement indicating that exercises would continue, but that aircraft such as the B-52 bombers would be removed. It has already seen action during the war in Vietnam, and more recently in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Pyongyang's criticism of the United States and South Korea came as a surprise to the South Korean military.

The decision to downscale the drills was reached between U.S. Forces Korea Commander Vincent Brooks and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo Wednesday, after North Korea criticized the joint exercise Max Thunder being held in the South, News 1 reported.

"These defensive exercises are part of the ROK-US alliance's routine, annual training programme to maintain a foundation of military readiness", the spokesman added.

"North Korea's "threat" to pull out of the summit is, in effect, a wake-up call basically saying 'you can't talk about peace while you're continuing your usual maximum pressure business, '" Lee, also a writer for ZoomInKorea.org, said.

"The scope of Max Thunder has not changed", Lt. Col. Chris Logan, Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported.

Pyongyang has repeatedly shown its aversion to the deployment of the B-52 bomber, part of the United States nuclear umbrella, over the peninsula.

Pentagon: B-52s Have Not Been Pulled From SKorea Military Drills