A pair of US Air Force B-1 Lancer bombers accompanied by fighters from Japan flew near the Korean Demilitarized Zone in a direct message to the North Korean government after their latest missile launch last week.

The two B-1 bombers flew 2,000 miles from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam to conduct a precision strike training exercise with South Korean fighter jets. The bombers were also joined by Japanese fighters during their flight.

The Air Force, in a statement, called the mission a “demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies.”

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

President Trump has stated that North Korea’s efforts to produce a missile capable of hitting the United States “won’t happen”.

Featured image by US Air Force, Senior Airman Michael B. Keller [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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