1. US bombers fly over South Korea after North’s 2nd ICBM test

US bombers fly over South Korea after North’s 2nd ICBM test

The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

By: | Seoul | Published: July 30, 2017 5:32 PM
APJ Abdul Kalam, Kalam memorial, Kalam statue, statue in memory, Kalam statue controversy, Kalam memorial controversy, DRDO, Kalam's kin seek to defuse controversy, sculpture of Kalam The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska. (Representative Image/Reuters)

The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska. The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low-pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul before returning to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement. It said the mission was a response to North Korea’s two ICBM tests this month. Analysts say flight data from the North’s second test, conducted Friday night, showed that a broader part of the mainland United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of Pyongyang’s weapons.

“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander. “Diplomacy remains the lead. However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario.” “If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing,” O’Shaughnessy said.

The United States often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened tensions with North Korea. B-1 bombers have been sent to South Korea for flyovers several times this year in response to the North’s banned missile tests, and also following the death of a U.S. college student last month after he was released by North Korea in a coma. The Hwasong-14 ICBM, which the North first tested on July 4, is the highlight of several new weapons systems Pyongyang launched this year.

They include an intermediate range missile that North Korea says is capable of hitting Alaska and Hawaii, and a solid-fuel midrange missile, which analysts say can be fired faster and more secretly than liquid-fuel missiles. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency said a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system located in Kodiak, Alaska, was successfully tested on Saturday night. It said that a medium-range ballistic missile was air-launched over the Pacific, and that the THAAD system detected, tracked and intercepted the target.

  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jul 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    This Vedic astrology writer’s alerts of 16 May 2017 in article – “ Is World War III round the corner?” - published in the summer 2017 issue of The Astrologer’s Notebook , a quarterly print Newsletter from North Port , Florida. This writer had said that near and during August-September in 2017 , WW3 may crop up involving vulnerable countries round the globe, apart from other catastrophic scenario. It was also added : -“ The global events predicted in this article could begin to show up in mild measure from 24 June and after in the present year 2017 to grow gradually and significantly for a final show during 19 August to 4 September , with peak hype on 30 August in 2017”. There is another prediction of this writer coming to same alert for US in article of September 2016 – “ Astrological probable alerts for US in 2017” - published in December 2016 issue of wisdom-magazine , alert for US was that war may crop up for US around and in August 2017.
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