U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers out of Guam once again made a flyover of the Korean peninsula on Thursday, accompanied by fighter jet escorts from both South Korea and Japan. The show of force has since drawn harsh criticism from Kim Jong Un’s North Korean regime, and may have unintentionally demonstrated their poor understanding of U.S. military assets.
“The gangster-like US imperialists are ceaselessly resorting to their frantic nuclear threat and blackmail to stifle the DPRK with nukes at any cost,” a post from the North Korean government-owned news outlet, KCNA, said.
“On Thursday they let a formation of B-1B nuclear strategic bombers stationed at the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam stealthily fly into South Korea again to stage a surprise nuclear strike drill targeting the DPRK.”
The North Korean statement, ripe with the aggressive indignation that has become a trademark of Kim’s regime, is nothing out of the ordinary. For years, North Korea has issued official statements accusing the United States of everything from assassination missions to declaring war via Twitter, but what makes these remarks stand out is the very buzzword that’s been on everyone’s mind regarding North Korea as of late: “nuclear.”