South Korea, US kick off large-scale air exercise

South Korea and the United States launched their largest-ever joint aerial drills on Monday, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons programme that has raised global tensions.

The annual U.S.-South Korean drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run until Friday, with more than 230 aircraft taking part. The exercises have been condemned as a provocation by North Korea. Around 12,000 U.S. service members, including those from the Marines and Navy, will join South Korean troops. South Korean media reports said B-1B Lancer bombers could join the exercise this week. North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country said the drill would "push the already acute situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war".

Source: VOV5