U.S. flies bombers over South Korea again in show of force

Wednesday, 28 Sep, 2016

A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, September 13, 2016.

An official source stated on Tuesday that South Korea will receive two B-52 bombers from the United States this week, proving its strong dedication to its main Asian ally amidst the growing threats from North Korea.

After previous North Korean nuclear tests, the US and South Korea used flyovers to show off power.

The B-1B Lancer, capable of reaching the peninsula from Guam in just two hours, is one of the USA military's three major multi-role and long-range bombers. North Korea is also openly working on developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of striking the US mainland.

"They acknowledge North Korea's nuclear development as a problem, but it's not the top problem for China - that privilege is reserved for the United States".

The move comes a day after North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a new, high-powered rocket engine which the South said was created to demonstrate progress towards attaining a long-range missile.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart last week China opposes "unhelpful" unilateral sanctions on North Korea but will work within the United Nations to formulate a response.

There is a possibility that North Korea will follow its latest nuclear test with a long-range rocket launch as it did after its fourth nuclear test in January.

This latest show of strength from the USA comes just over a week after it sent two B-1Bs to South Korea on September 13.

The U.S. Air Force dispatched two of its most lethal bombers for a flyover in South Korea on Wednesday in a show of force against North Korea. The stealth bomber, which began to be deployed from 1990s in the field, can be armed with a maximum of 22-ton weapons, including 16 nuclear bombs and air-launched cruise missiles. The isolated nation has also conducted several other missile and rocket tests within the past year, at what Elise calls an "unprecedented rate". South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff estimated it was Korea's largest-ever nuclear test, Elise reports.

Since late 2012, the North put two satellites into orbit with long-range rockets, each time inviting global sanctions and worldwide condemnation.

"The U.S.is trying to calm South Korean nerves, to deter the North Koreans - and not raise tensions with China", Graham said.