Date
11 December 2017
An American B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Sunday, a move aimed at sending a message to Pyongyang. Photo: Reuters
An American B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Sunday, a move aimed at sending a message to Pyongyang. Photo: Reuters

US flies B-52 bomber over South Korea after North’s nuclear test

The United States deployed a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over South Korea on Sunday, a show of force following North Korea’s nuclear test last week, Reuters reported.

The B-52, based in Guam and capable of carrying nuclear weapons, could be seen in a low flight over Osan Air Base at around noon local time, it said.

The massive bomber was flanked by two fighter planes, an American F-16 and a South Korean F-15, before returning to Guam, the US military was quoted as saying in a statement.

Osan is south of Seoul and 77 kilometers from the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas.

The flight was “in response to recent provocative action by North Korea”, the US military said.

In Washington, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said on Sunday the flight underscored to South Korea “the deep and enduring alliance that we have with them.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un maintained that Wednesday’s test was of a hydrogen bomb and said it was a self-defensive step against a US threat of nuclear war.

North Korea’s fourth nuclear test angered the United States although many weapons experts doubt Pyongyang’s claim that the device was a hydrogen bomb.

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