Show of force after N Korea’s missile test
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
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.
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.