October 28, 2019 10:33
Two B-52 bombers and three aerial refueling aircraft of the U.S. Air Force flew over the East Sea via the Korea Strait on Friday.
The U.S. had refrained from sending such planes over the Korean Peninsula or over the East Sea since its summits with North Korea last year, but now they are back as the North threatens to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests.
According to flight tracker Aircraft Spots on Sunday, two B-52H bombers carried out missions in the East Sea and the South China Sea after taking off from Andersen Air Base on Guam.
They were backed up by three KC-135R aerial refueling aircraft that took off from Andersen Air Base and Kadena Air Base on Okinawa.
Back in 2017, U.S. strategic bombers flew over the East Sea and South Korea in a show of force several times in response to North Korea's launches of medium and long-range ballistic missiles and a nuclear test.
A military source said, "The B-52 is one of the strategic assets that the North is most afraid of. Their latest fly-by was a warning to the North's possible test of another intercontinental ballistic missile."
They could also be an assertion of regional force after Russian and Chinese warplanes made their presence felt in skies near Korea in recent months.
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