U.S. bombers fly over Korea in response to ICBM test

A US Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, sits at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Friday before conducting a sequenced bilateral mission with South Korean F-15 and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets.
The mission is in response to a series of increasingly escalatory action by North Korea, including a launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Tuesday.

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A US Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, sits at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam on Friday before conducting a sequenced bilateral mission with South Korean F-15 and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets. The mission is in response to a series of increasingly escalatory action by North Korea, including a launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Tuesday.

A pair of U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Friday, in a response to North Korea's test of an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week, CNN reported.

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North Korea test fired the ICBM on Tuesday, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said.

“North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners, and homeland,” said Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the Pacific Air Forces commander. “Let me be clear: If called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capacity of our allied air forces.”

The bombers flew from Guam and conducted a 10-hour mission, CNN reported. Upon reaching the Korean Peninsula, they were joined by U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets and South Korean F-15 fighter jets.

“The B-1Bs practiced attack capabilities by releasing inert weapons at the Pilsung Range,” the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.

The Pilsung Range is located in the center of South Korea and is jointly operated by the U.S. and South Korean air forces, CNN reported.

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