US bombers over­fly Korean penin­sula in show of force

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Seoul, South Korea - The US has flown two su­per­sonic heavy bombers over the Korean penin­sula in a show of force against Py­ongyang, stag­ing the first night-time joint avi­a­tion ex­er­cises with Ja­pan and South Korea. Two B-1B Lancers based in Guam flew a mis­sion in the vicin­ity of the Sea of Ja­pan late Tues­day, the US Pa­cific Air Forces said in a state­ment.

“Fly­ing and train­ing at night with our al­lies in a safe, ef­fec­tive man­ner is an im­por­tant ca­pa­bil­ity shared be­tween the US, Ja­pan and the Repub­lic of Korea and hones the tac­ti­cal prow­ess of each na­tions’ avi­a­tors,” Maj Pa­trick Ap­ple­gate said in a state­ment.

South Korean de­fence au­thor­i­ties on Wed­nes­day said the bombers staged a sim­u­lated air- to-ground mis­sile fir­ing drill with two South Korean fight­ers over the Sea of Ja­pan. The four air­craft then flew across the penin­sula and staged an­other round of a fir­ing ex­er­cise over the Yel­low Sea be­fore the two B-IBs re- turned home, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

“This drill was part of a rou­tine de­ploy­ment train­ing aimed at en­hanc­ing de­ter­rence” against nu­clear threats, the JCS said.

“Through the prac­tice this time, South Korean and US air forces showed off the al­lies’ re­solve for strong re­tal­i­a­tion against North Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile threats,” it added.

The B-1Bs also con­ducted ex­er­cises with Ja­pan’s Air Force in what the US state­ment called a “se­quenced bi­lat­eral mis­sion”.

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