Midway though the large-scale aerial exercises involving hundreds of warplanes, the U.S. has flown a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea.
In this photo taken during a joint exercise to counter WMDs held in Pocheon, just north of Seoul, South Korean and US soldiers march at a training site.
The increasingly tense stand-off between the US and North Korea may have hit a new high this week.
Defector Lee Jeong-hwa said, 'So many people died we began calling it "ghost disease".
North Korea successfully launched a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week, following which the country declared that it had "realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".
Now a vice president with the Family Research Council, Boykin is the latest person to tell OneNewsNow that China is the key to North Korea's maniacal dictator - and to warn that war on the Korean peninsula will be costly.
B-1 flights represent the US's go-to response for North Korean provocations, such as missile tests, and the bomber flights draw a strong, sometimes dangerously escalating response from Pyongyang.
Still, perennially bad tensions are at a particularly unsafe point with North Korea rapidly advancing its nuclear weapons program.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk met Feltman in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, on Wednesday and discussed bilateral cooperation and other issues of mutual interest, KCNA said.
Seoul and Washington say the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is intended exclusively to counter missile threats from North Korea but Beijing sees it as a threat to its own military capabilities. While the US military aircraft conducted simulated strikes, the South Korean warplanes actually dropped MK-82 bombs.
North Korea has condemned the drills, threatening to take action against the US and its regional allies.
The move comes shortly after North Korea launched its first missile test in two months. He praised the country for sending an envoy to speak with the North Korean government, but seemed frustrated earlier this month by the lack of results from that meeting.