Following North Korea’s claim over conducting a fourth nuclear test, a powerful US B-52 bomber flew over South Korea today. The sighting of the bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapon at the Osan Air Base near Seoul invokes reminiscence of a Cold War style standoff. North Korea is sure to read of this move as a threat.
According to US military sources, the B-52 was joined by South Korean F-15 and US F-16 fighters and returned to its base in Guam after the flight. “This was a demonstration of the ironclad US commitment to our allies in South Korea, in Japan, and to the defense of the American homeland,” said Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander US Pacific Command, in a statement. It said Pyongyang’s nuclear test is blatant violation of its international obligations.
Though any hint America’s nuclear power enrages Pyongyang, which links its own pursuit of atomic weapons to what it sees as past nuclear-backed moves by the United States to topple its authoritarian government, there was no immediate reaction from North Korea.
The B-52 flight follows a victory tour by KIM Jong Un to celebrate his country’s highly controversial claim of hydrogen bomb test. He is trying to rally pride in the explosion and said that it is the legitimate right of a sovereign state and a fair action that nobody can criticize.