Sunday 22 October 2017

US flies bombers over Korean peninsula in new show of force

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have engaged in a series of harsh exchanges Photo: AFP/Getty
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have engaged in a series of harsh exchanges Photo: AFP/Getty

Christine Kim

The US military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force, as President Donald Trump met top defence officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea.

Tensions have soared between the US and North Korea following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang and a string of increasingly bellicose exchanges between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test in recent weeks as it fast advances toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

The US Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said in a statement yesterday.

Irish Independent

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