Thursday, January 14, 2016

U.S. Flies B-52 Bomber Over South Korea

The U.S. flew a B-52 bomber close to North Korea on Sunday, as Washington and its allies seek ways to pressure Pyongyang after its recent nuclear test, without provoking an escalation in military tension.
The bomber, which can carry nuclear weapons, flew over the Osan Air Base about 45 miles south of the inter-Korean border around midday local time, the U.S. military said. The B-52, based in Guam, was joined by American and South Korean fighter planes before returning home.
“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,” Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said.
The flight was a calibrated move to challenge North Korea’s military ambitions after it detonated a high-power explosive at its nuclear test site on Wednesday that it called a hydrogen-based nuclear bomb. North Korean state media reported on Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un had visited the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces to congratulate officials on the test.
The detonation was “a self-defensive step for reliably defending the peace on the Korean Peninsula and regional security from the danger of nuclear war caused by the U.S.-led imperialists,” Mr. Kim said, according to the report, which didn’t state the date of his visit.
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