In a report by Reuters – U.S. forces in South Korea are on high alert as North Korea threatens world safety with nuclear weapons testing last week.
Curtis Saparrotti, Commander, U.N. Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea (USFK) ordered a visit of the Osan Air Base by U. S. and South Korean forces to look into claims of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, as they are a clear violation of the International arms control agreement.
Historically, the “B-52 bombers have been the Pentagon’s weapon of choice when looking to send a message in recent years. A B-52 made a similar over-flight following North Korea’s nuclear test in 2013, and the Pentagon sent two of the aircraft into a disputed air defense zone declared by China in the East China Sea in 2013” according to a report.
In a statement released Sunday, “Pacific Command said the B-52 mission was intended to demonstrate the strength of the alliance between the United States and South Korea and the resolve of both nations to maintain stability and security on the Korean Peninsula”, said Grant Newsham, senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies in Tokyo, the B-52 flight on Sunday is “unlikely to deter North Korea from continuing its weapons programs but was a necessary step”.
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