US, South Korea and Japan begin missile-tracking drill hours after it was revealed nuclear-capable B-52 bombers will be put on 24-hour alert amid rising tensions with the North

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

South Korea, the US and Japan started a two-day missile tracking drill on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said
USS Stethem and USS Decatur Aegis destroyers from the US were involved
The exercise will have warships detect and track a target while sharing info
The United States Air Force will put its ageing fleet of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert for the first time since the end of the Cold War

MATTHEW WRIGHT
DAILYMAIL.COM
24 October 2017

The US, South Korea and Japan began a two-day missile tracking drill Tuesday amid rising tensions with North Korea.

The exercises, South Korea’s military said, is in preparation for any missile or nuclear threats from the North.

The drill will be held in waters off the coasts of South Korea and Japan, the South Korean military said in a statement.

The moves for the drill were decided at the conclusion of the 48th Security Consultative Meeting between America and South Korea in October 2016.

Included in these drills were the Aegis destroyer Yulgok Yii of South Korea, USS Stethem and USS Decatur Aegis destroyers from the States and a JDS Kirishima destroyer from Japan.

The exercise will have the warships detect and track a target while sharing information.

The drills have been taking place every few months since that agreement.

The United States Air Force will put its ageing fleet of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert for the first time since the end of the Cold War, according to its chief of staff.

Amid rising tensions with North Korea and a resurgent Putin-led Russia, General David Goldfein told Defense One that the strategic bomber force will be ready at a day’s notice for the first time in 26 years.

Adapting to the ‘reality of the global situation’, Goldfein’s order would see B-52s readied at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and armed with nuclear weapons – something not seen since 1991.

In response to the news, North Korea said President Trump was ‘overheated with a war fever’ and branded him a ‘hooligan’ and a ‘lunatic’.

The government-owned news agency KCNA lashed out in a furious tirade: ‘Dignitaries of White House, and State and Defense Departments of the US are having a hard time cooling Trump overheated with a war fever, but only the south Korean puppet forces are fanning up the lunatic fingering a nuclear button.

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