So we know North Korea has a habit of puffing its chest and it feels like Kim Jong-Un's country declares the annihilation of its enemies seemingly every other day now. But with the U.S. announcing that they're practicing stealth bombing runs over the Korean peninsula, it's a sign that the U.S. is taking those threats seriously.
"The two B-2 Spirit bombers made a nonstop round trip from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.," reports The New York Times's Choe Sang-Hun. "It was the first time the U.S. military publicly confirmed a B-2 mission over the Korean Peninsula." According to reports the B-2s flew over South Korea's west coast.
Obviously, the test run demonstrates that the U.S. has the capability of flying that far without actually crossing into North Korea and it appears to be meant to send a message that the U.S. is willing to defend South Korea against the North. There's also probably some historical symbolism thrown in. Hun adds, "After suffering from the American carpet-bombing during the 1950-53 Korean War, North Korea remains particularly sensitive about U.S. bombers."
The run came on the heels of North Korea, stating through its state-run news agency on Wednesday, that it would "remove Anderson [sic] air force base [on Guam] off Earth" because "the U.S. imperialist aggressors let their B-52 formation fly again in the sky above south Korea and announced an operational plan targeting the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership." The bombing run also comes days after North Korea released this digitally-manipulated picture of its wondrous hovercraft army:
North Korea probably won't be happy about the B-2 run. Does this mean we'll be getting more hovercraft pictures? "The announcement will likely draw a strong response from Pyongyang," reports the AP. It's unclear what a "strong response" means though, considering this is a country that's already threatened nuclear war.
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