United States sends supersonic bombers in show of force against N.Korea

Claudine Rigal
Juin 21, 2017

An unnamed South Korean military source was quoted by local media as saying that two B-1B supersonic bombers would carry out a joint drill later in the day with South Korea's F-15K fighter jets.

The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests.

According to an AP report, the supersonic bombers were displayed just one day after the death of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old US citizen who was held captive in North Korea for 17 months. The bombers are stationed at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam and can be deployed to the Korean peninsula in under two and a half hours. It said the flights demonstrated solidarity among South Korea, Japan and the United States "to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater".

The U.S. strategic bombers would make a sortie to the Korean Peninsula to show the United States will contain military threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the source was quoted as saying.

Warning The two supersonic bombers flew their mission the day after US student Otto Warmbier died
Warning The two supersonic bombers flew their mission the day after US student Otto Warmbier died

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a statement offering condolences to the Warmbier family and denouncing "the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim".

The death of Warmbier sheds a new light on the already tense relations between the USA and North Korea.

Otto Warmbier, 22, who was arrested in North Korea while visiting as a tourist, had been described by doctors caring for him last week as having extensive brain damage that left him in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness".

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