B-1B US bombers fly near North Korean border in show of force after nuclear test
B-1B US bombers secured by Japanese U-2 jets fly over South Korean Osan airbase in response to nuclear test
Two U.S. B-1 bombers flew in a low-altitude flight on Tuesday over South Korean Osan airbase, which is 77 km (48 miles) from the Demilitarised Zone border with the North and about 40 km (25 miles) from the South's capital Seoul. The pair of U.S. supersonic B-1B Lancer strategic bombers took off from their base in Guam and flew with two Japan Air Self Defense Force aircraft before a "hand-off" to South Korean fighters, according to the U.S. military. The B-1Bs were then escorted by South Korean and U.S. fighter jets over Osan Air Base, which is 77 km (48 miles) from the Demilitarised Zone border with the North and about 40 km (25 miles) from the South's capital Seoul.
Thus the US and the United Nations showed their force and solidarity with its ally, North Korea, after last week North Korea's nuclear tests.
Sung Kim, the U.S. envoy on North Korea announced that the United States remained open to a dialogue with Pyongyang.
"Our intention is to secure the strongest possible (U.N. Security Council) resolution that includes new sanctions as quickly as possible," Kim said after meeting his South Korean counterpart, reports Reuters.
South Korea said on Monday the North is ready to conduct an additional nuclear test at any time after setting off its most powerful blast to date on Friday.
As we reported earlier, South Korean authorities have a plan for the complete destruction of the North Korean capital at the first sign of an impending nuclear attack from Pyongyang.
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