US su­per bomber flies in to rat­tle Py­ongyang

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AN Amer­i­can strate­gic bomber landed in South Korea yes­ter­day in a show of force the US said was aimed at re­mind­ing Py­ongyang of its pow­er­ful mil­i­tary as­sets in the re­gion.

The move comes a day af­ter North Korea claimed it had suc­cess­fully tested a new, high-pow­ered rocket en­gine which the South said was de­signed to de­mon­strate progress to­ward at­tain­ing a long-range mis­sile.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed two su­per­sonic B-1B Lancers fly­ing low over the US Osan Air Base at Pyeong­taek, 64 kilo­me­tres (40 miles) south of Seoul.

One of the air­craft flew back to the An­der­sen Air Force Base in Guam, while the other landed at Osan, Yon­hap news agency said.

The B-1 Lancer is a four-en­gine strate­gic bomber that can reach speeds of Mach 2. It is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing the largest pay­load of both guided and un­guided weapons in the US Air Force in­ven­tory.

“The bond be­tween the United States and South Korea is iron­clad and the strength of that com­mit­ment will not be shaken by North Korea’s ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour,” said Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Thomas W Berge­son of the US Air Force.

“What we are show­ing to­day is just one tool we have to choose from a wide ar­ray of op­tions. The al­liance grows stronger ev­ery day and we re­main pre­pared to de­fend and to pre­serve the se­cu­rity of the Korean Penin­sula and the re­gion,” he said.

The US flew two planes over South Korea last week, days af­ter the North’s fifth nu­clear test, but they re­turned swiftly to Guam.

Crit­ics dis­missed the move as cur­sory in the light of an ap­par­ent quick­en­ing in the pace of North Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile test­ing pro­gram.

South Korea is home to around 28,500 US troops and nu­mer­ous bases.

Photo: AFP

The B-1B Lancer lands at the Osan Air Base in Pyeong­taek yes­ter­day.

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