- Nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 bombers will not participate in the ongoing combined air drills between South Korea and the United States
- The decision was made in the wake of North Korea’s objection to US military exercises in the region and threats to cancel the summit meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
The US reportedly canceled a B-52 bomber exercise with South Korea amidst threats from North Korea, according to a report by The WSJ citing US officials.
A training exercise involving at least two nuclear-capable U.S. B-52 bombers flying alongside South Korean warplanes was canceled following threats that Pyongyang would withdraw from a highly anticipated summit with President Donald Trump next month.
North Korea threatened to cancel the planned summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un scheduled for June 12 in Singapore; saying the US should carefully consider the fate of the upcoming meeting, in view of what it calls “provocative military disturbances with South Korea,” North Korea’s state news agency reported early Wednesday local time.
The South Korean defense ministry also formally confirmed B-52’s absence from the exercise.