A US B-52 flew low over Seoul in the week following North Korea's hydrogen bomb test as a show of commitment to the defense of the region.
A powerful U.S. B-52 bomber flew low over South Korea on Sunday, a clear show of force from the United States as a Cold War-style standoff deepened between its ally Seoul and North Korea following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test.
North Korea will read the fly-over of a bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons — seen by an Associated Press photographer at Osan Air Base near Seoul — as a threat. Any hint of America's nuclear power enrages Pyongyang, which links its own pursuit of atomic weapons to what it sees as past nuclear-backed moves by the United States to topple its authoritarian government.
The B-52 was joined by South Korean F-15 and U.S. F-16 fighters and returned to its base in Guam after the flight, the U.S. military said.
“This was a demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies in South Korea, in Japan, and to the defense of the American homeland,” said Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander U.S. Pacific Command, in a statement. “North Korea's nuclear test is a blatant violation of its international obligations.”
World powers are looking for ways to punish the North over a nuclear test that, even if not of a hydrogen bomb, still likely pushes Pyongyang closer to its goal of a nuclear-armed missile that can reach the U.S. mainland. Many outside governments and experts question whether the blast was in fact a powerful hydrogen test.
In the wake of the test on Wednesday, the two Koreas have settled into the kind of Cold War-era standoff that has defined their relationship over the past seven decades. Since Friday, South Korea has been blasting anti-Pyongyang propaganda from huge speakers along the border, and the North is reportedly using speakers of its own in an attempt to keep its soldiers from hearing the South Korean messages.
Source: Military Times
North Korea is notorious for being one of the truest Orwellian nightmares come to life. Between nuclear tests and cyber attacks on US businesses, North Korea remains one of the most bizarrely untouched dictatorships in the world.
[2/4] The B-52 took off from #Andersen AFB, #Guam, and was escorted by @PACAF F-16 and #ROKAF F-15 fighters. pic.twitter.com/5K3rQUdKgZ
— U.S. Pacific Command (@PacificCommand) January 10, 2016
South Korea warned North Korea on Wednesday that the United States and its allies were working on sanctions to inflict “bone-numbing pain” after its latest nuclear test, and called on China to do its part to rein in its isolated neighbor.
With tension high on the border after the North's fourth nuclear test on Wednesday last week, South Korean forces fired shots toward what Yonhap News Agency said was a suspected North Korean drone.
It returned to the North after the shots, South Korean military officials told Reuters.
The North's nuclear test has angered both China and the United States and again raised questions about what can be done to stop its development of nuclear weapons.
The World Economic Forum withdrew its invitation for North Korea's foreign minister to attend its annual Davos meeting, which was to have been the country's first participation in the event in 18 years, because of the nuclear test.
North Korea said it had tested a powerful hydrogen bomb but the United States and various experts doubt that, as the blast was roughly the same size as that from its previous test, of an atomic bomb, in 2013.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday to pass legislation to broaden sanctions on the North.
But apparently unperturbed by the prospect of further international isolation, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for an expansion of the size and power of his country's nuclear arsenal, urging the “detonation of more powerful H-bombs”, the North's state media reported.
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Korea is not Islam. Iran is, they both tested nukes last week. There both nuts.
Good, now fly one over iran.
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Ok for the last and final time stop falling for the whole trump b******t hoax wake up it’s all part of the plan to keep you distracted from the bigger picture trump is on the same side as Obama run by the same evil people
That is awesome and beautiful sight
Mr Noah…. There are plenty of patriotic real Americans to protect the USA if and when war comes; your welcome to come to my place if and when war starts, that’s to all real Americans.
Like they care
Thanks. Yes I know we have a lot. But we need all we can get, because there are a lot more than we think already here, and as I’ve always known, if a war were to ever break out here, you better believe it won’t be long that countries like Russia and China will rush in here to try to hit us while we are partly cleaning up our own backyard. I’ll do my best to take out as many as possible when time comes, and I’ll die with pride and no fear of death. Not all of us are military soldiers but, many of us are at pure heart. The guns are here waiting and the cob webs are all cleaned off!! Just make sure your well stocked up. Best to be prepared for a long haul. Just like a hurricane coming our way, we may not get hit, but we prepare for the worst and hope for the best. But I’m all but positive, unfortunately this ones gonna hit. Good luck my brother.