US bombers fly over Korean Peninsula
CNN, July 8, 2017
For the second time in two days, US Air Force bombers put on a show of force in East Asia.
B-1 Lancer bombers from Guam flew over the Korean Peninsula Friday in response to North Korea’s increasing ballistic missile and nuclear threat, according to the US Pacific Air Forces.
«North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland,» Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, 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,» the general said.
South Korean and Japanese warplanes as well as US F-16 fighters joined the US bombers for parts of Friday’s mission, during which the bombers used inert weapons to practice attacks on a South Korea firing range.
The B-1 flight over South Korea follows a familiar pattern. Friday’s was at least the sixth since April, all to show US resolve in the face of North Korean missile tests.
«There is no amount of military pressure alone that will compel Kim Jong Un to volunteer to eliminate his nuclear and missile programs,» Adam Mount, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said after B-1 flights in late May.
Robert Ross, a Boston College professor and East Asia security policy expert, foreshadowed the current situation when he spoke to CNN in early June.
«North Korea will call our bluff, the US will draw back from using military force, and North Korea will continue to develop their nuclear program,» Ross said.
US military actions in the South China Sea are antagonizing Beijing.
Last Sunday, a US Navy destroyer sailed within 12 miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea that is claimed by China, a US military official told CNN.
China called the action «a serious political and military provocation.» The US «stirs up trouble» and runs «in the opposite direction from countries in the region who aspire for stability, cooperation and development,» a statement from China’s Foreign Ministry said.
China’s Foreign Ministry added, «we are firmly opposed to saber-rattling that harms China’s sovereignty and security by certain countries on the pretext of freedom of navigation and overflight.»
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