Maneuvers for the most powerful 3 armies in the world near the borders of North Korea
The three most powerful armies in the world, the US, China and Russia, launched maneuvers near North Korea on Monday amid mounting tensions with Pyongyang over its recent ballistic and nuclear tests.
The South Korean Defense Ministry said on Monday that the US military used two B-1 and F-35 fighter jets during air strikes with South Korea over the peninsula in a show of force against North Korea.
A ministry official said the two bombers were launched from the Pacific Island of Guam, while the fighters from Japan, joined by six fighter jets from South Korea.
The US maneuvers with South Korea came as China and Russia began naval exercises near North Korea on Monday amid growing threats from North Korea.
The joint exercise will take place in the far east of Russia, not far from Russia's border with North Korea, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The exercises represent the second part of the Sino-Russian naval exercises this year, the first part of the Baltic Sea in July.
North Korea launched a missile over Japan on Friday and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 in defiance of international pressure.
On the other hand, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an article published in The New York Times on Sunday that the international community should apply sanctions against North Korea after repeated ballistic missiles.
Abe said such tests were in breach of UN Security Council resolutions and showed that North Korea could now target the United States or Europe.
He stressed that diplomacy and dialogue would not succeed with North Korea, and that the concerted efforts of the entire international community were essential to counter the threats posed by North Korea.