Following North Korea’s nuclear test last week, the United States have responded with their own show of force against the secretive nation.
Kim Jong-Un confirmed the detonation of a hydrogen bomb on Wednesday and said it was used as a self-defensive step against a U.S. threat of nuclear war.
Unsurprisingly, that really pissed off both America and their allies China so, in response, the U.S. deployed a B-52 bomber on a low level flight in their own display of force.
The B-52 is capable of carrying nuclear weapons, and was flanked by a U.S. F-16 and a South Korean F-15, in a low flight over Osan Air Base, before returning to Guam.
Osan is south of South Korean capital Seoul and 77 km (48 miles) from the Demilitarised Zone which separates North Korea from the South.
Today’s flight was confirmed by the U.S. military in a statement, in which they claimed the flight was “in response to recent provocative action by North Korea”.
U.S. Lt. Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy added:
The United States remains steadfast in its commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and to maintaining stability on the Korean Peninsula, to include extended deterrence provided by our conventional forces and our nuclear umbrella.
This isn’t the first time this has happened, either – according to the Telegraph, after the North’s last test, in 2013, the United States sent a pair of nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers over South Korea.
As reported by North Korea’s state news agency KCNA, the nation’s portly dictator Kim Jong-Un stated earlier today that nobody had the right to criticise its nuclear tests.
The U.S. clearly doesn’t agree on that one and we could be set for some very interesting times ahead, especially when you consider that the United States already has 28,500 troops based in South Korea.