” The United States said it was flying training missions of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea, in a clear signal to North Korea at a time of escalating military tensions.
The flights — part of annual joint South Korea-US military exercises — should be seen as underscoring US commitment and capacity to defend Seoul against an attack from the North, Pentagon spokesman George Little said.
In response to UN sanctions imposed after its third nuclear test last month, North Korea has warned of a “second Korean war” and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes on the South and the United States.
Little said a B-52 from Andersen Air Force base in Guam, flew over South Korea on March 8 as part of a military exercise dubbed “Foal Eagle.” “
The move didn’t much appeal to the Chinese however …
” The US initiative did not go down well in Beijing, where the Chinese foreign ministry warned that any effort to increase military capacity would only serve to “intensify antagonism”.
China is North Korea’s sole major ally and main trading partner.
Although it backed the latest UN sanctions against Pyongyang, analysts say China’s main concern is to avoid sudden regime collapse in Pyongyang that might result in a US-allied, reunified Korea.
Despite its growing isolation and the stepped-up international pressure, North Korea insists its plan to develop a viable nuclear deterrent is “unshakeable” and non-negotiable.”
- An ‘unpardonable provocation’: North Korea warns of attack if US flies B-52 bombers again (express.co.uk)
- ‘Deterrent’ US B-52s fly in S Korea (bbc.co.uk)
- U.S. flies B-52s over South Korea (cnn.com)
- North Korea Vows Military Action Against More U.S. B-52 Flights (bloomberg.com)
- Practice Run? Strategic U.S. bombers fly practice nuclear strikes in Korea (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
- Practice Run (freebeacon.com)