US, Japan Hold Joint Air Drills Over Korean Peninsula As China, North Korea Fume

Tyler Durden's picture

Since unlike Donald Trump he does not have access to twitter, we can only assume that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is probably fuming this morning after US and Japanese fighter jets conducted joint “air maneuvers” southwest of the Korean peninsula, according to Reuters. The exercises threaten to reignite tensions between the US and the North after Kim Jong Un reportedly told his generals on Tuesday to shelve a plan to strike Guam with an ICBM.

The exercises were held a day after Kim said that he would put plans to attack the US island territory on hold, but that his generals would closely monitor the “Yankees” for any signs of hostility. The exercises involved two US Airforce B-1B Lancers, and two Japanese F-15 jet fighters, according to Reuters. The North, as its state-run news agency has stated repeatedly in the past, typically interprets military exercises as tantamount to an act of war.

“The exercise in the East China Sea involved two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flying from Andersen Air Force Base on the Pacific island of Guam and two Japanese F-15 jet fighters, Japan's Air Self Defense Force said in a news release. ‘The exercise is meant to improve interoperability and bolster combat skills,’ it said. The U.S. planes, which were designed to carry nuclear bombs but were later upgraded to carry conventional weapons, have flown several sorties in East Asia over the past several weeks. In addition to air drills with Japanese fighters, the bombers have also exercised with South Korean aircraft.

“Reclusive North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and of reaching the United States to counter what it perceives as constant U.S. threats of invasion - such as U.S. war drills with neighboring South Korea and Japan.”

Wednesday’s test runs were part of a 19-day long period of joint exercises between the US and Japan that began on Aug. 10, according to AFP. On a military installation in Northern Japan, some 300 Japanese and US military personnel carried out live-fire artillery training, according to Agence France-Presse. Japan also tested its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile defense system. The system was tested in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures, which North Korea had warned could be along its missiles' flight path.

The air drill also upset China, which said "they do nothing to ease tension."

On Wednesday, a senior Chinese military officer reiterated China's position on the need to maintain peace and stability to the United States' top general, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, China's Defence Ministry said.


Song Puxuan, commander of China's Northern Theatre Command, stressed to Dunford that the North Korean nuclear issue must be resolved politically through talks, the ministry added, without saying where the two met.

More importantly, the overnight drill is a preview of what is coming: US and South Korean militaries will proceed with massive sea, land and air exercises next week despite a tenuous stalemate between the US and North Korea.

The annual joint exercises, named Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, have long been planned for 21-31 August, but now come at a time when both Washington and Pyongyang are on heightened alert, raising the spectre of a mishap or overreaction, according to the Guardian.  Washington and Seoul say the exercises, involving tens of thousands of American and South Korean troops, are a deterrent against North Korean aggression.

In the past, the practices are believed to have included “decapitation strikes” – trial operations for an attempt to kill Kim Jong-un and his top generals, further antagonising a paranoid leadership.

Next week's massive joint drill is widely seen among Wall Street commentators as a potential catalyst for the next flare up in tensions and/or hostilities involving Kim's regime.

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dogismycopilot's picture

So WTF about the Ukies providing Fat Boy his rocket motors? Hey, I hate Fat Boy and I love the B1 more than the next guy, but something fucking stinks about these rocket motors.

Looney's picture


Meanwhile, according to RT, the United States and China have agreed to enhance their direct military communication line in order to reduce chances of any “miscalculations” amid the Korean peninsula crisis and other standing issues between Washington and Beijing.

While signing agreements with China, we conduct joint drills on their doorstep?

This shit is so confusing!   ;-)


Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Didn't capon-in-chief also alert the American people that all covert action(s) in Syria had ceased???...

Wonder where they are taking the ISIL Commander??? Perhaps Switzerland?... (

svayambhu108's picture

Very important to send mixed and contradictory messages when it might come to nuclear conflict. /s

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Needless to say anybody watching this Anglo-Zionist schizoid production since 2001 are in "AWE"!

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Wonder where they are taking the ISIL Commander??? Perhaps Switzerland?...

The article says he is, "a senior finance official of the ISIL terrorists group."

They must have a job lined up for him in Basel.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Providing the towels "no doubt" to the Zionist patrons to ensure they keep up on their hygiene at that hotel in order to prevent polluting the pool with Khazar "necrotising fasciitis" which I understand can be deadly even in a heavily chlorined pool!

veritas semper vinces's picture

This never stopped. A few days ago, the popular Shia militia in Iraq sshowed videos/pictures of US helicopters dropping packeges to ISIS and air llifting (again,like multiple times in the past) ISIS/AlQaeda leaders.

Combined with attacking the same militia a week ago ank killing and wounding their soldiers.

And continuing the killing of civillians in Syria/Iraq

Regarding NK,nothing says you are looking to solve a conflict like having military driils at their border.

Isn't Jewmerica great?

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

We want no Czechs ... sounds familiar

sheikurbootie's picture

With all the blow hard MSM touting China to have a "strong" military, it's actually weak as hell.  Large number of troops (cannon fodder), but no match for the US.

HowdyDoody's picture

Lede - "US, Japan Hold Joint Air Drills Over Korean Peninsula As China, North Korea Fume" by Tyler Durden.

Text - "Since unlike Donald Trump he does not have access to twitter, we can only assume that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is probably fuming this morning"

With this BS, ZH is totally devoid of standards and is now officially a MSM outlet henceforth known as ZionistHedge.


aloha_snakbar's picture

...after Kim Jong Un reportedly told his generals on Tuesday to shelve a plan to strike Guam with an ICBM.


Good thinking, fat man. That would be roughly the same thing as sticking a Desert Eagle in your mouth and pulling the trigger...

Winston Churchill's picture

I have yet to find any confirmation that Kim ever threatened Guam, just 3rd party MSM unsourced

BS.You are being manipulated.

BlindMonkey's picture

Very true story.  


Neocons don't even try anymore because they know very few will ever read the source material and call them out for bullshit. 

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

Supreme Fatboy Leader will not approve this.

Mountainview's picture

But their rhetorics are just about this US exercises next door. Water on KIM's mill.

Madcow Kaczynski's picture

Sometimes I think this whole thing is a big fuckin' psyop. 

For once, I kind of hope it is, because those girls in Seoul are fucking haaawt

Quinvarius's picture

I would love to see a North Korean twitter account.  That would be hilarious.  I think many lefty snowflakes would believe his propaganda and move there too.  Double bonus.

Agent44's picture

stop with the drills and lay waste to these psychos. more years of delay just gives them more time to develop hydrogen weapons, better missiles, and lots more of both. Russia and China will yell and threaten, but won't do shit. using mostly airbursts, will keep the radiation to a minimum. do it. do it now before it is too late. hey, last chance guys.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Flagged as #War-Crime-Advocate

Agent44's picture

so says Shemp, the Stooge "nyuk nyuk nyuk woop woop woop!!!"

Shemp = Neville Chamberlain (Munich Agreement, 1938)

madashellron's picture

Change your name to Agent Orange,  because your posion.

robertocarlos's picture

The B1-B is pretty awesome.

Stormtrooper's picture

Yeah, it flies.  Unlike the multi-trillion dollar F-35.

Consuelo's picture


It didn't start out too awesome...


Known to 'hug the ground' if you get the drift...

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

President capon-in-chief to President Jinping



Jtrillian's picture

When they do it, it's a "provocation".

When we do it, it's a "show of strength". 

Seems that the ruling class elite are trying to provoke a war in the region.  Just a matter of time...

The US govt. and those who control it love war.  It seems it's all they know these days.

Solio's picture

How will the world react when it realizes who is responsible for 73 or so years of new-king various parts of the world, particularly the U.S.?


So, now lifes' genome, water, food, and air is radiated.


How will the response, if there is one at all, be controlled?

shimmy's picture

Typical of this trumptard admin to do this and try and get the "enemy" to shoot first. Fucking pathetic

hibou-Owl's picture

it only matters who shoots first when there's survivors.

Hard to blame someone when an EMP is dropped and the medis is screwed.
I'd be getting in first and make a job of it, when blame like hell.

sheikurbootie's picture

AND....SK new liberal President will ask the US to LEAVE !!!!  Mission Accomplished!!!!

Trump is playing 3D chess and winning!

madashellron's picture

The best way forward to peace on the the Korean Peninsula. Is to create a No Fly Zone there, and keep the US and coalition of the willing/killing out.

Aristofani's picture

mic, business as usual.

roadhazard's picture

Joint drills over the Korean peninsula are nothing new. NK ICBM's owned by an idiot is new.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Nothing burger, no onions please

Musum's picture

We keep provoking. We're insane.

fuckstar's picture

Consider what kind of sociopath oligarchs would create NK as a leave behind for future sociopaths to use. The long game is 7+ generations...

lakecity55's picture

I'd tone down the FTX myself.

Why provoke Fatboi after he decided against firing missiles into the ocean off Guam??


CrazyCanadian's picture

Good.  Trump is telling the chinks to shove it.