In another show of force against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea of Saturday, two United States supersonic bombers conducted live-fire bombing drills in South Korea 50 miles away from the border zone, South Korea's defense ministry announced.
Two long-range supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers flew from the Anderson Air Base in Guam, and each dropped a 2,000-pound laser guided smart bomb in a simulated attack against the DPRK.
U.S. and South Korean fighter jets also participated in the drill, according to the South Korean military.
“Through this drill, the South Korean and U.S. Air Forces demonstrated strong determination to thoroughly punish the enemy for its provocative acts, and showed off their capability to pulverize enemy command posts,” a South Korean defence ministry statement said.
The bombing drills comes on the heels of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, threatening the possibility of military action against the DPRK should economically strangling sanction efforts prove ineffective.
On Wednesday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries fired simultaneous ballistic missiles in a simulated attack against the DPRK, as a “strong message of warning.”
The latest escalation of military threats against the DPRK come after they tested a ballistic missile earlier this week, prompting outrage from the United States and South Korea who seek to put a halt to efforts by the North to develop a nuclear weapon.
The United States is still technically at war with the DPRK, after an armistice agreement rather than a peace treaty ended conflict in 1953.
The Korean War was marked by deadly U.S. bombing campaigns in Korea. Over three years, 635,000 tons of bombs, including 32,557 tons of napalm were dropped on Koreans by U.S. planes. More than 3 million civilians are believed to have been killed.