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  US’ B-1 bombers come closest ever to North Korea

US’ B-1 bombers come closest ever to North Korea

REUTERS | YOO HAN-BIN
Published : Sep 22, 2016, 6:45 am IST
Updated : Sep 22, 2016, 6:45 am IST

Two US supersonic bombers flew over South Korea on Wednesday with one of them landing at an air base 40 km south of the capital, the second such flight since North Korea’s September 9 nuclear test.

A US B-1B Lancer lands at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. (Photo: AFP)
 A US B-1B Lancer lands at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. (Photo: AFP)

Two US supersonic bombers flew over South Korea on Wednesday with one of them landing at an air base 40 km south of the capital, the second such flight since North Korea’s September 9 nuclear test.

US Forces Korea said the flight by a pair of B-1B Lancer strategic bombers based in Guam was a show of force and of US commitment to preserve the security of the peninsula and the region.

 

The United States, which has about 28,500 troops in South Korea, flew two B-1 bombers on September 13 escorted by US and South Korean fighter jets in a show of solidarity with Seoul.

The North condemned the earlier flight as an armed provocation that mobilised “ill-famed nuclear killing tools”. It did not immediately respond to Wednesday’s flight.

The US Air Force said the Wednesday flight was the closest ever to North Korea by a B-1 bomber.

“Today marks the first time the airframe has landed on the Korean peninsula in 20 years, as well as conducting the closest flight near North Korea ever,” the US Air Force said on its website which also showed a B-1B bomber landing at the base in South Korea.