Two US B-1B bombers and US fighter jets and South Korea held on Friday an exercise near the demilitarized zone that separates North Korea and South Korea at a time of force after the North tested a missile Intercontinental ballistic.
The United States Pacific Command said Lancer bombers took off from an air base in Guam and attack capabilities “practiced by the liberation of inert weapons van Pilsung” near the detention zone.
“North Korean actions threaten our allies, our partners and our land,” said Pacific Air Force commander General Terrence O ‘Shaughnessy in a statement. “Make it clear, if we are called, we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the lethal capacity of our allied air forces.”
Two US officials said the demonstration of force was intended to “send a clear message” to North Korea, ruled by dictator Kim Jong Un.
On Tuesday, North Korea fired a “two-stage” intercontinental ballistic missile that the United States had not seen from Pyongyang, missile defense officials think they can go 3500 miles.
The launch by the regime with nuclear weapons has been condemned by the US and others. It was the first time North Korea had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. The United States condemned the action, firing warning missiles and promising to keep the United Nations accountable.
Friday’s show in the United States differs from those in the past in that it involved inert weapons abandoned in Pilsung range, and was conducted as a specific response to missile tests this week, said the two United States leaders. Other screens were planned well in advance.
While the Lancer bombers returned to Guam, they were joined by the Japanese Air Defense F-2 fighter jets in the East China Sea, Pacific Command said.
Even though North Korea is banned by U.N. Shoot ballistic missiles, does it regularly, saying that its arsenal is a necessary tool to defend the United States.
The country has carried out five nuclear tests since 2006, with the last two years.
If the type of ICBM tested by North Korea on Tuesday is able to travel 3,500 miles, this range means that it could reach Alaska.
Earlier Friday, the United States missile defense agency said it would conduct a test for a missile defense system based in Kodiak, Alaska in July.
The thaad system will be used to detect, track and assign a target to an interceptor, said Missile Command. The date of the test has not been announced.