U.S. bombers fly over South Korea af­ter North’s ICBM test

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OPINION -

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.

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