US B-1B Lancer strategic bombers, that were scheduled to arrive in the Korean Peninsula on September 12, were delayed due to weather problems and arrived a day later on the 13. Two B-1B bombers flew over Osan Air Base, at 10 am, in a show of force against N. Korea. They were joined by US F-16 fighter planes and South Korean F-15 fighter planes in a low-level flyover.
The B-1B strategic bomber was deployed for combat by the US to replace the Boeing B-52 ‘Stratofortress’ strategic bomber in the 1980’s. It boasts overwhelming capabilities, enough to be called a ‘Flying Fortress’. It is one of three strategic bombers of the US, along with the B-52 and B-2 ‘Spirit’. It can fly distances of up to 11,000 kilometers (6835 miles), and reach speeds of Mach 1.25. The B-1B can bring devastation to an enemy camp withjoint direct attack munitions, conventional bombs and air-to-ground precision guided bombs with nuclear warheads. It is the first time that the B-1B has flown over S. Korea.
Lee Sun-jin the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) who visited the Osan Air Base with Vincent K. Brooks, the USFK Commander Gen. of Combined Forces Command (CFC) said, “As we warned multiple times, if North Korea continues its aggressive behavior and develops nuclear weapons, it will meet retaliatory actions that will shake the very foundation of the regime’s existance.” USFK Commander Gen. Brooks stated, “The United States has an unshakable commitment to defend allies in the region and will take necessary steps to do so. We will provide this strong alliance to South Korea and strengthen extended deterrence.”
Moon Sang-gyun, the Defense Department spokesman commented about the B-1B fly over the Korean Peninsula at a regular press conference September 13 (10:30 am) saying: “It has a meaning of restraining provocation from N. Korea and sending a clear warning message about N. Korea’s nuclear tests by showing our will about a tailored deterrence strategy of the Korea-US alliance.”
Reporter Cho Eun-hee [firstname.lastname@example.org]