Late last night, two U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers flew near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The sign of force by the U.S.comes on the wake of North Korea’s first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week. According to military experts the ICBM is capable of reaching Alaska.
The Air Force released a statement calling the exercise a “demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies.” The flight took 10 hours.
The two B-1 bombers, which can carry more than 80 bombs weighing 500-pounds each, conducted a precision strike training exercise alongside South Korean fighter jets and Japanese fighters at various points during the 2,000 mile flight which started in Guam.
“North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland,” Gen. Terrence O’ Shaughnessy, the Pacific Air Forces commander, said. “Let me be clear, if called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces.”
On Saturday, DML reported the U.S. is taking additional steps to protect the homeland now that North Korea is advancing its missile program faster than expected. According to US officials, the military will conduct a flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in coming weeks.
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