The US sent supersonic bombers to on Tuesday to demonstrate the “steadfast and unshakable” US defense commitment to its key ally in the wake of North nuclear test, Yonhap News Agency reported.
The two B-1B bombers left Guam in the morning and flew past the US air base in Pyeongtaek, 70 km of Seoul, accompanied by a flight of four Korean F-15K and four US F-16 fighter jets.
The flybys highlight the close cooperation between the US and Korean military forces that keeps them ready to respond at any time to threats, the US Air Forces (USFK) said. On Friday, North detonated its fifth nuclear device in the face of strong protest from the international community to halt its weapons of mass destruction programs.
“North nuclear test is a dangerous escalation and poses an unacceptable threat. The US has an unshakable commitment to defend allies in the region and will take necessary steps to do so, including operations like this one today, and the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) battery to the Korean Peninsula,” USFK Commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks was quoted as telling reporters at Osan Air Base.
“Today’s demonstration provides just one example of the full range of military capabilities in the deep arsenal of this strong alliance to provide and strengthen extended deterrence,” Brooks said.
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