N. Korea calls US bomber flyover of the South a bluff
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published: September 15, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea claims the deployment of two U.S. supersonic bombers over the peninsula was a bluff, warning that such actions were escalating tensions “to the point of explosion.”
The powerful B-1B Lancers, flanked by U.S. and South Korean fighter jets, flew over Osan Air Base south of Seoul on Tuesday in a show of force and solidarity with Seoul four days after the North conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test.
Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea and the combined forces, called the test an “unacceptable threat” and said the bombers were just one example of the “deep arsenal” available to defend the peninsula.
North Korea said Wednesday the flyover was the latest example of what it calls imperialist plans for a pre-emptive attack. It also pointed to the latest round of annual U.S.-South Korean war games, which it considers a rehearsal for an invasion.