However, that plan was swiftly rejected over the summer by the United States, which claims it has the right to conduct military exercises with its ally South Korea.
One B-1B strategic bomber was deployed on the Korean peninsula to carry out the U.S Pacific Command's "Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) mission", U.S. Air Force confirmed to NK News, adding that the drill was not part of Vigilant Ace 18.
Officials in Pyongyang have described the exercises as the USA president "begging for a nuclear war".
F-35 fighters will also join the drill, which will also include the largest number of 5th generation fighters to take part, according to a South Korea-based U.S. Air Force spokesman. The operation in question has North Korea in mind and is aimed at practicing for any potential need to neutralize North Korean nuclear and missile targets.
"Through the exercise, the South Korean and US air forces have demonstrated the alliance's strong will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", the South Korean military said in the statement, adding that the exercise also improved the two air forces' readiness to deploy "a rapid response force".
The annual joint exercise, called "Vigilant Ace", has been created to enhance readiness and operational capability and to ensure peace and security on the Korean peninsula, officials have said. The exercise provides realistic air combat training for the United States and Republic of Korea, testing and refining the readiness and interoperability of US-ROK forces to deter aggression and provide a rapid response to attack. The aircraft arrived to Gwangju to participate in Vigilant Ace-18, a routine exercise on interoperability.
China and Russian Federation had proposed that the United States and South Korea stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programs. Lindsey Graham's suggestion South Korea is now too unsafe to let American families remain there - and has no plan to begin evacuations, Stars and Stripes reported Wednesday.
"If "freeze for freeze" is going to work, then North Korea has to accept the verification process", Woo said. By now, we all know that North Korea's been hard at work dong what they do best: Launching test missiles and fiery rhetoric.
It says its weapons programmes are a necessary defence against USA plans to invade.
The White House might certainly consider sort of attempt to launch a disarming strike against North Korea.