The fifth of North Korea’s nuclear tests proved to be their most powerful yet, increasing fears that Kim Jong-un’s nuclear threats may be a reality. Four days after the test, the United States sent two B-1 bombers to fly over North Korea.
An announcement after the fifth test stated that North Korea can fit a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile and could mean horrible things for U.S. allied nations like Japan, Guam, and South Korea. In response, fighter jets proven in combat situations were sent over the Osan air base in South Korea, accompanied by F-15 and F-16 fighters from the U.S. and South Korea, respectively.
According to CNN, U.S. Forces Korea commander General Vincent K. Brooks replied to the Friday testing on Tuesday.
“North Korea’s nuclear test is a dangerous escalation and poses an unacceptable threat. The United States has an unshakable commitment to defend allies in the region and will take necessary steps to do so, including operations like this one today. Today’s demonstration provides just one example of the full range of military capabilities in the deep resources of this strong alliance to provide and strengthen extended deterrence.”
As a show of diplomacy, North Korea’s U.S. envoy, Sung Kim, said that Pyongyang’s fifth bomb test is resulting in “additional unilateral measures,” including possible future shows of force from Japan. The United States had prepared for things to escalate in August, sending the B-1 fighter jets to Guam. The significance of these bombers is that they are capable of holding the largest possible payload, and it marks the first time in 10 years that the U.S. has had a bomber force in the Pacific.
U.S. bombers fly over South Korea in show of force after North Korea nuclear test https://t.co/vjP031Ojh6
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 13, 2016
The union of the United States and Eastern nations is proving to be ready for anything resulting beyond North Korea’s fifth nuclear test.
The B-1 bombers used in the fly-over had been used repeatedly in operations in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, some of which were supposed ISIS hunts. The recent result of the bombers in Syria may have been what sent potential ISIS terrorist cells to the United States, hidden among refugees after Europe started closing its borders to them.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has pointed the proverbial finger for the North Korea nuclear testing on China’s responsibility, according to CNBC.
“It’s China’s responsibility. China has and shares an important responsibility for this development and has an important responsibility to reverse it. And so it’s important that it (China) uses its location, its history and its influence to further the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
— CNN (@CNN) September 13, 2016
China responded by saying that the mess leading to North Korea’s nuclear tests isn’t theirs to clean up.
“The cause and crux of the Korean nuclear issue rest with the U.S. rather than China. The core of the issue is the conflict between (North Korea) and the U.S. It is the U.S. who should reflect upon how the situation has become what it is today, and search for an effective solution. It is better for the doer to undo what he has done. The U.S. should shoulder its due responsibilities.”
CNN’s Will Ripley has stated that North Korea definitely took notice of the fly-over.
“A lot of North Korean military commanders find U.S. bombers especially threatening, given the destruction here in Pyongyang during the Korean War, when much of the city was flattened.”
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