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US Bombers Fly Over S. Korea As Show Of Force Against N. Korea

By September 15, 2016 at 7:00 am
US B-52 bomber (Photo : Photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

Two strategic bombers from the United States capable of launching nuclear missiles flew over South Korea Tuesday morning. This is an apparent show of force against North Korea for its Friday nuclear test.

The two supersonic B-1 Lancers flew over South Korea's Osan Air Base which is just about 77 kilometers from the N. Korea and S. Korea border and approximately 40 km. from Seoul, the nation's capital.

The original flight was delayed because of bad weather conditions in Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the home base of the two strategic bombers. According to the Yonhap news agency in S. Korea, heavy crosswinds prevented the two aircrafts from taking off.

This move is apparently executed to settle the rattled nerves of some people in S. Korea. The two jets were escorted by South Korean and U.S. jets. These supersonic bombers were likely to fly back to Guam without even landing in S. Korea.

This fly over is not unusual for the two countries. There were many fly overs conducted by the United States at the time when the two countries in the Korean Peninsula were experiencing heightened animosity between each other.

S. Korea and N. Korea have been technically in a state of war since they do not have a peace treaty that ended the Korean War in 1950 to 1953.

There are about 28,000 U.S. troops in S. Korea and it does not have any nuclear weapons. The nation is entirely depending on Washington's "nuclear umbrella" to protect it from its belligerent neighbor.

N. Korea knows well that the U.S. is protecting its interest by propping up S. Korea's government. It also considers the presence of U.S. troops and its nuclear arsenal as a "nuclear threat."

N. Korea may consider this fly over as the latest proof of U.S. hostility, and will use it to justify its need for a nuclear bomb program.

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