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US Bombers Fly Over Korean Peninsula In Joint Military Drills


Two American supersonic heavy bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force targeting Pyongyang late on Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump discussed with his national security team a range of options to respond to any threat from North Korea.

Using Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as a power projection platform, two B-1B Lancers of US Air Force carried out mock missile launches off both coasts of South Korea, staging the first night-time joint aviation exercises with its strategic allies Japan and South Korea, the US Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.

Pyongyang had threatened in August to fire medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 to contain the U.S. major military bases on Guam including the Anderson Air Force Base.

"Flying and training at night with our allies in a safe, effective manner is an important capability shared between the U.S., Japan and the Republic of Korea and hones the tactical prowess of each nations' aviators," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Patrick Applegate. "This is a clear demonstration of our ability to conduct seamless operations with all of our allies anytime anywhere," he said, in a clear indication to Pyongyang that the US Defense forces are combat-ready at a striking distance.

Provoked by North Korea's ballistic missile tests in recent months targeting his country, US President Donald Trump had told the UN General Assembly last month that if forced to defend itself or its allies, the United States would totally destroy the Communist nation.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un retorted by warning that Trump would "pay dearly" for it.

Meanwhile, Tuesday morning, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford briefed the Commander-in-Chief on options to respond to any North Korean aggression.

"The briefing and discussion focused on a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons," the White House said in a statement.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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