US units of the Marine Corps and the Navy will participate from today until December 8 in the Vigilant Ace 2017 joint exercises in the Republic of Korea.
The maneuvers, denounced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as another provocation by Washington and its allies, will gather some 12,000 soldiers and 230 American aircraft.
According to the US Department of Defense, six F-22 Raptor aircraft arrived at South Korean bases this weekend to participate in training, the largest in recent years.
Official reports stated that simulated bombing practices will be carried out against models of nuclear facilities and ballistic missiles of the DPRK.
But spokesmen for the US Air Force ruled out that the maneuvers are part of a campaign of unprecedented military pressure against Pyongyang and characterized them as habitual since they are carried out annually.