U.S. bombers fly over South Korea after North’s ICBM test
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA » The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system in Alaska.
The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul before returning to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces 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 showed that a broader part of the mainland U.S., including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of Pyongyang’s weapons.
During an Estonia visit, Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that the U.S. and its allies plan to increase pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear program.