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    The air forces of South Korea and the United States will hold joint drills, the South Korean military said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Two US Rockwell B-1 Lancer supersonic heavy bombers will take part in the joint drills with the South Korean fighter jets later in the day, Lt. Col. Kim Sung-duk, a public relations officer of the South Korean Air Force said Tuesday.

    "Our Air Force plans to hold a joint drill with two B-1Bs in the sky of the Korean Peninsula today," the officer told reporters, as quoted by Yonhap news agency.

    Kim added that the bombers would fly over Korea for a few hours with two South Korean F-15K fighter jets, in what he described as a regularly conducted training.

    The training will take place against the backdrop of Otto Warmbier's death. On June 13, Warmbier was returned to the United States from North Korea in a coma after being held in that country for more than a year. Warmbier, a student, spent 17 months in detention for anti-state actions because he attempted to steal a poster from his hotel. On Monday, the student's family confirmed that Warmbier has died at his home in Ohio.

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