US Bombers Fly Over Korean Peninsula in Show of Force

Andrew Cummings
October 13, 2017

Such flights by the powerful aircraft based in Guam incense the North, which claims they are preparation for war; Pyongyang has threatened to send missiles into the waters around Guam.

The United Nations Security Council, which has imposed a series of ever tighter sanctions on North Korea, has banned four ships from ports globally for carrying coal from North Korea, including one vessel that also had ammunition.

North Korea will "shower fire" on the USA in response to the threats by its President Donald Trump, the regime's Foreign Minister has said. North Korea's possession of secret war plans would require a major overhaul of how South Korea and its ally Washington would respond if there's another war on the Korean Peninsula.

The two US Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday.

Bishop and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne are in South Korea to hold the third round of the so-called "two-plus-two" talks with their South Korean counterparts Friday.


North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test, reportedly detonating a hydrogen bomb, on September 3, calling it a "perfect success".

South Korea said Tuesday it was maintaining full military readiness following intense speculation of a possible ballistic missile test by the North as it marks a key anniversary. Pyongyang belatedly responded by relocating some of its military aircraft to its east coast, the National Intelligence Service then said.

The attacks linked to North Korea have been created to interfere with the distribution of anti-North Korea propaganda and the acquisition of funds as the global community increases economic pressure on the regime, espionage, and possible retaliation.

During Tuesday's drills, the USA bombers, which flew from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, staged simulated air-to-ground missile striking drills off the peninsula's east coast before flying across the country accompanied by the two South Korean fighters.

A South Korean presidential official said Tuesday's operation was part of a recently agreed upon rotational deployment of US military assets to the peninsula, according to the Yonhap News Agency.


The drills were conducted not long after Lee broke the news about the alleged cyberattacks to reporters.

Ri's comments are likely to continue to fuel a mounting war of words between Trump and Kim. "It is also consistent with the view of many other members of the worldwide community to lessen, reduce or completely diminish any diplomatic relationship with North Korea".

"There's one thing that the U.S. Army can do, and that is you've got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our President can employ if needed", Mattis said.

He added that North Korea would not rule out "the use of the most extreme measures in response".

CNN reported that depending on the level of detail in the stolen plans, the hack could pose serious challenges for the US-South Korean alliance.


This May an investigative team inside the defence ministry announced the hack had been carried out by North Korea, but did not disclosed what kind of information had been taken.

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