The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.
The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul before returning to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.
It said the mission was a response to consecutive ICBM tests by North Korea this month. Analysts say flight data from the North’s second ICBM test, conducted Friday night, showed that a broader part of the mainland United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of Pyongyang’s weapons.
“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander. “Diplomacy remains the lead. However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario.”
“If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing,” O’Shaughnessy said.
U.S. should ‘come to its senses’
North Korea’s state-run television Korean Central Television broadcast a statement from the country’s foreign ministry on Sunday defending the test missile launch and hinting at retalation.
“The reason why (we) conducted the maximum-range simulation of ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) test launch was to send a stern warning to the U.S. that has applied sanctions against North Korea at this time, losing their mind,” the statement said.
“If the U.S. fails to come to its senses and continues to resort to military adventure and ‘tough sanctions’, the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) will respond with its resolute act of justice as already declared,” it said.
Trump lashes out at China
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said on Twitter that he was “very disappointed in China” for not discouraging North Korea’s missile program and that Beijing could “easily solve this problem.”
…they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!
I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet…