U.S. Sends Nuclear Bomber to Korea

  • By Roh Suk-jo

    October 17, 2023 09:46

    The U.S. is sending a B-52 Stratofortress bomber to South Korea for the first time this week that is capable of carrying nuclear bombs.
    The B-52's arrival comes only a week after the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan docked in Busan in visible U.S. efforts to deter North Korean provocations.
    It will fly in formation with South Korean and U.S. Air Force fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula and will also practice precision bombing at key North Korean facilities in a drill over Gangwon Province.
    "It's confidential whether the B-52 will be armed or not," a military source said. "The main purpose of this week's drill is to send a clear message that the North Korea regime will face its own end if it uses nuclear weapons."
    The landing will be open to the press.
    "U.S. support for [the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition] is at an all-time high in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the ironclad commitment to the [Korea]-U.S. Alliance," the U.S. Forces Korea said. "Participation in the event allows the U.S. to demonstrate its robust readiness by showcasing capabilities committed to protecting service members and their families, as well as defending allies and partner nations."
    The Seoul ADEX, South Korea's largest aerospace and defense expo, is scheduled for Oct. 17-22.
    Meanwhile, South Korea and the U.S. are also planning their first-ever trilateral air exercise with Japan.
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