Show of force af­ter N Korea’s mis­sile test

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SEOUL: The US flew two su­per­sonic bombers over the Korean Penin­sula yes­ter­day in a show of force against North Korea af­ter the coun­try’s lat­est in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile test (ICBM). The US said it con­ducted a suc­cess­ful test of a mis­sile de­fence sys­tem in Alaska.

The B-1 bombers were es­corted by South Korean fighter jets as they per­formed a low­pass over an air base near the South Korean cap­i­tal of Seoul be­fore re­turn­ing to An­der­sen Air Force Base in Guam, the US Pa­cific Air Forces said.

It said the mis­sion was a re­sponse to North Korea’s two ICBM tests this month. An­a­lysts say flight data from the North’s sec­ond test, con­ducted on Fri­day night, showed that a broader part of the main­land US was now in range of Py­ong- yang’s weapons.

Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence said yes­ter­day the US and its al­lies planned to in­crease pres­sure on North Korea to end its nu­clear pro­gramme.

US am­bas­sador to the UN Nikki Ha­ley said: “The time for talk is over”, adding a weak res­o­lu­tion would show North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that “the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is un­will­ing to chal­lenge him”.

The US of­ten sends war­planes in times of height­ened ten­sions with North Korea. B-1 bombers have been sent to South Korea for fly­overs sev­eral times this year in re­sponse to the North’s tests. – ANA-AP

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

A Ter­mi­nal High Alti­tude Area De­fense (THAAD) in­ter­cep­tor is launched from the Pa­cific Space­port Com­plex Alaska dur­ing Flight Ex­per­i­ment THAAD (FET)-01 in Ko­diak, Alaska, US, yes­ter­day.

PIC­TURE: AP

In this photo re­leased by Ja­pan Air Self De­fence Force, US Air Force B-1B bombers, top, fly with a Ja­pan Air Self De­fence Force F-2 fighter jet over Ja­pan’s south­ern is­land of Kyushu, just south of the Korean Penin­sula, yes­ter­day.

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