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US Sends Powerful Message with B-52H Nuclear Bombers after North Korea’s Hwasong-18 ICBM Test

North Korea once more launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) this week. Following this, the US dispatched B-52H Stratofortress nuclear bombers to the Korean peninsula. Here’s What We Understand The US and South Korean air forces conducted a joint air exercise on Friday.

Along with the B-52H Stratofortress nuclear bombers, American and Japanese fourth-generation F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters and South Korean fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II aircraft participated in the event. The combined air drills occurred amidst tense relations with North Korea and China.

North Korea fired the Hwasong-18 missile, and China carried out a three-day exercise where numerous aircraft simulated strikes against Taiwan. The declarations of the B-52H training flights are not officially connected to the Chinese maneuvers and DPRK missile actions.

Nevertheless, the US Air Force states that the US and its allies consistently have options for deterrence in the event of emergencies. The US does not disclose the number of B-52H bombers involved or their origin.

However, it is possible that planes from Andersen base on the island of Guam were flying over the Korean peninsula. Four nuclear-powered B-52H Stratofortress bombers from the 96th Expeditionary Bomber Squadron are stationed there, having arrived from Barksdale, Louisiana.

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