It is very nice that when you want to send a message and when you want to reach out and touch someone, you are the holder of the world’s deadliest warplanes. That is what you are able to do when you send B-2 bombers out on exercises across the wide Pacific Ocean. On the other side of that ocean is a little despot located in North Korea who might just pay attention.
As Written By Cristina Silva for Newsweek:
The U.S military sent one of its deadliest warplanes soaring across the Pacific Ocean over the weekend, ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to the region later this week and a day after Defense Secretary James Mattis warned that North Korea was “accelerating” its nuclear weapons development. The U.S. military’s Strategic Command told Japan Times in a statement that the mission was aimed at familiarizing the “aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands, enabling them to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency.” It added that the flight was “a visible demonstration of commitment to our allies and enhancing regional security.”
It’s unclear where exactly the nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bomber went after leaving Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. But this wouldn’t be the first time the U.S. sent its deadly warplanes toward the Korean peninsula to convey a message to the family of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who succeeded his father in 2014. In 2013, the U.S military directed two B-2 stealth bombers over the region on a round-trip mission. The bombers released inert munitions, not live bombs, near South Korea’s coast.
North Korea held its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September and its leaders claim it could already strike the U.S. with one of its nuclear weapons. Mattis said Saturday that U.S. would work with South Korea to stop the North’s weapons program. ……
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