US sends two bombers to fly over Korean Peninsula in response to missile test

The US sent two B-1B planes to fly over the Korean Peninsula in response to the intercontinental ballistic missile test conducted by North Korea over the weekend. Last night, Trump slammed China, saying that the communist state had done "nothing" to curb North Korea's alarming behavior.
US bombers fly over Korea Photo Credit: US Air Force/ Channel 2 News

Two US B-1B bombers flew this morning over the Korean Peninsula in response to the North Korea's most recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, the US Air Force said in a statement. While the move was something of an uncharacteristic response, and certainly the most severe one to come from the Trump administration thus far in relation to North Korea's missile program, it is not unprecedented. In fact, the US military recently conducted a drill using similar planes in the area of the Korean Peninsula.

According to the Air Force, the strategic bombers that flew over Korea came from Guam and were conducting a joint drill with four South Korean F-15Ks. "North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability," said Pacific Air Forces commander General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy in a statement earlier today.

North Korean missile Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Though China has said that it opposes North Korea's missile tests, US President Donald Trump slammed the communist state for its flawed handling of North Korea and its unwillingness to rein in its missile program. In a series of tweets, he accused China of failing to cooperate with the United States in trying to rein in North Korea: "I'm very disappointed with China," he wrote. "...they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!"

North Korea's leader Kin Jong Un presided over the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday. The Hwasong-14 missile was airborne for about 47 minutes, reaching an altitude of 2,315 miles before landing in the water near the east coast of the peninsula. The US, Japan and South Korea estimate that the missile is capable of reaching major American cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and even New York.

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