US flies bombers in 'show of force' over Korean peninsula despite North Korea threat

US flies bombers in 'show of force' over Korean peninsula despite North Korea threat

The mission was reportedly ordered in an attempt to deter aggression from North Korea

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The United States has flown two bombers over the Korean peninsula in what appears to be a show of force against North Korea. 

The two supersonic fighter jets took off the from the US airbase on Guam for South Korea, where they were met by two planes from the South Korean military.

The reason for this, according to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, was to conduct air-to-ground missile drills off the country's eastern coast.

However, reports say the mission was a bid to deter aggression from the regime in Pyonyang, and occurred despite the continued threat of North Korea shooting down any planes which came close. 

US authorities then said the bombers undertook exercises with Japanese military forces before returning to base. 

Tensions between the US and North Korea have been rising in recent months over the latter's continued nuclear weapons development program.

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