USA has no plan to move military dependents out of Korea: Pentagon

China conducts aerial drills over West Sea and East China Sea

Ex-US defense secretary open to nuclear armament of S. Korea, Japan

China has been critical of USA exercises with South Korea and Japan, which it believes are basically unhelpful for resolving the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged related countries to avoid provoking each other.

A South Korean defence ministry official was unable to verify the Yonhap report immediately.

The drills follow reports last week that North Korea had successfully conducted another ballistic missile launch across Japan as the country continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions, as it continues to threaten both the US and South Korea with wholesale nuclear destruction. Chinese Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke appeared on China Central Television (CCTV) on December 5 to say that the Chinese Air Force had conducted drills in the Yellow Sea (known in South Korea as the West Sea) and in the East China Sea.

The US and South Korea, which are opposed to the North Korean missile and nuclear programs, however, claim the drills have a "defensive nature". After each American military exercise with South Korea or Japan in recent months, China has announced its own drills in neighboring areas.

Normally Kim stays out of sight during massive U.S.

North Korea, which regularly threatens South Korea, the United States and their allies, has denounced the exercises.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea

A United Nations spokesman said Feltman will discuss "issues of mutual interest and concern" with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Vice Minister Pak Myong Guk during his visit, which ends on Friday - as does the military drill.

U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers will fly over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as part of a large-scale joint aerial drill being staged with South Korea this week, the South's Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified military source.

The military exercises, called "Vigilant Ace", are created to enhance joint readiness and operational capability of USA extended deterrence, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

Tensions have been running high since the missile launch late last month, which triggered global condemnation and a warning from the U.S. that the North Korean regime would be "utterly destroyed" if war broke out. But China has been vocal in its criticism of North Korea's nuclear and missiles programme, as well as attacking the US and South Korea for ratcheting up tensions. -South Korean military exercises, which are called "Vigilant Ace" and will run until Friday.

"Just spoke to President XI JINPING of China concerning the provocative actions of North Korea".

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