US, Japan say their fighter jets staged joint flight after North Korea missile launches
The exercise was meant to "showcase combined capabilities to deter and counter regional threats", the U. North Korea on Wednesday spurred fresh tensions in East Asia when it fired three missiles into the Sea of Japan hours after U.
One of the missiles, according to South Korean officials, appeared to be Pyongyang's largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), with an estimated range of about 15,000 kilometers, enough to reach the United States. The flight of eight aircraft from bases in Japan included four American F-16 jets and four Japanese F-15 fighters, according to Japan's Air Self Defense Force.
(Reporting by Tim Kelly and Phil Stewart; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Gerry Doyle)
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