US, allies fly fighter jets amid North Korea tensions

The United States and its Asian allies flew dozens of fighter jets over waters surrounding the Korean Peninsula

on Tuesday in a show of force as their diplomats discussed a coordinated response

to a possibly imminent North Korean nuclear test.

The flights came as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman traveled to Seoul for discussions

with South Korea and Japanese officials over the gathering North Korean

threat and warned of a “swift and forceful” counterresponse if the North proceeds with

a nuclear test explosion, which would be its first in nearly five years.

If staged, the test could be another leap forward in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s goal

of building an arsenal that can viably threaten regional U.S. allies and the American homeland.