Amid recent threats from North Korea, the United States military has flown two B-2 stealth bombers with nuclear capabilities to South Korea.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed the U.S.’s alliance with Seoul and promised that all forms of military protection would be at South Korea’s disposal. U.S. Forces in South Korea released the following statement:
“This mission by two B-2 Spirit bombers assigned to 509th Bomb Wing…demonstrates the United States’ ability to conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly, and at will.”
While military drills between Seoul and Washington are commonplace, Pyongyang’s blustering with nuclear threats, in addition to North Korea’s severing ties with South Korea, and N.K.’s dissolution of the armistice between the Koreas, has upped the ante. The U.S. may now be perceived as throwing down its trump card by sending the stealth bombers.
Yesterday, the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un reported that his country would “deliver a merciless retaliatory strike,” but he also threatened a “preemptive strike” and called war between his country against South Korea and the United States “inevitable.”
Pyongyang’s state-news KCNA said that North Korea would “sweep away” the United States’ military base in Guam. [SEE MAP]