October 10, 2017 / 11:44 PM / 6 months ago

Two U.S. B-1 bombers conduct training mission in vicinity of Sea of Japan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. B-1 bombers carried out a training exercise on Tuesday with Japanese and South Korean military aircraft in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan, the U.S. military said, amid growing tension over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, takes-off to fly a bilateral mission with Japanese and South Korea Air Force jets in the vicinity of the Sea of Japan, from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, October 10, 2017. Senior Airman Jacob Skovo-Lane/U.S. Air Force/Handout via REUTERS

It was first time U.S. Pacific Command B-1B Lancers have conducted combined training with Japanese and South Korean fighter aircraft at night, the U.S. military said in a statement.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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