Four F-35B stealth fighters and two B-1B bombers flew over the peninsula to "demonstrate the deterrence capability of the US-South Korea alliance against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", South Korea's defence ministry said in a statement. After the drills, the F-35B jets and B-1B bombers returned to their bases in Japan and Guam respectively, the sources said.
The Philippines on Saturday repeated its call on North Korea to stop its "provocations" and instead engage in talks to ease tensions after the rogue state conducted another missile launch in the face of tougher worldwide sanctions.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also said in comments reported Monday by the Bild daily that the world should wait for the sanctions to bite, but that "visions and courageous steps" such as direct negotiations with North Korea are also needed.
President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" in a speech to the United Nations On Tuesday.
The tension on the Korean peninsula has intensified since last Friday, North Korea once again launched a ballistic missile over Japan.
The statement of the Chinese agency does not indicate that the teachings are related to North Korea.
The relocation came after a North Korean missile was test-fired last week and flew over southern Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific off the island's east coast - the second flyover in less than a month.
North Korea has warned that more sanctions and pressure will only make it accelerate its nuclear programme.
Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In spoke by phone on Saturday and vowed to exert "stronger pressure" on the North, with Moon's office warning that further provocation would put it on a "path of collapse".
Under Kim's watch, North Korea has maintained a torrid pace in weapons tests, including its most powerful nuclear test to date on September 3 and two July flight tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles that could strike deep into the USA mainland when perfected.
But analysts pointed out that an attempt to use the systems against a North Korean missile test in the absence of a real threat would be risky and expensive.
Kim had told his top officials that the goal of Pyongyang's efforts "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the USA and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option", according to the nation's state media. The escalating standoff between the United States and its allies and North Korea prompted U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to say that if the United States exhausts its diplomatic options to stop North Korea, military force remains an option.
The report did not directly link the drills to current tensions over North Korea.