The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has significantly increased the pace and scale of ballistic missile launches since September 2021. The United States strongly condemns these launches, to include the two intercontinental ballistic missile tests on Feb. 27 (KST) and March 5 (KST).
As a demonstration of resolve and commitment to regional allies, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command conducted a carrier-based air demonstration in the Yellow Sea. This demonstration was carried out in international airspace by 4th and 5th generation aircraft from the USS Abraham Lincoln, along with regionally-based U.S. Air Force aircraft, and is in addition to previously announced increases in ISR collection in the Yellow Sea and enhanced regional ballistic missile defense posture on the Korean peninsula.
The ICBM launches by DPRK are a brazen violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions—as well as its international commitments—and pose a threat to regional neighbors and the international community.
The U.S. has made clear its growing concern over the significant increase in DPRK’s missile testing, and it will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure the security of the United States and allies. The U.S. remains in close coordination with allies and partners to address the threats posed by the DPRK. The U.S. stated that its commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains ironclad.
Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen Pulter. Two EA-18G Growlers from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 depart after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker 909th Aerial Refueling Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan over the Pacific Ocean March 15, 2022.