US, South Korea Begin Massive Military Exercises

By Scott Neuman, KUOW News and Information Home

The United States and South Korea launched a massive joint military air exercise on Monday amid increased tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program and recent ballistic missile tests.

The five-day Vigilant Ace exercise includes some 12,000 military personnel and 230 aircraft – including six F-22 and 18 F-35s, both with stealth capabilities. South Korean media said B-1 bombers would also participate in the exercise, but the Air Force declined to confirm that.

Earlier, Pyongyang had said of the exercise, in its third year, would bring the Korean peninsula “to the brink of war.”

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