U.S. strategic bombers undertake mission over Korean Peninsula

| Updated: Jul 08, 2017 18:37 IST

New York [U.S.], July 8 (ANI) :Two U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula on Friday in response to North Korea's recent intercontinental ballistic missile test which they claim 'can strike anywhere in the world.' As tensions rise on Korean Peninsula, two US bombers flew from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and conducted a 10-hour mission over the Korean Peninsula, where they were joined by South Korean F-15 fighter jets and US Air Force F-16 fighter jets,according to the U.S. Pacific Air Forces. "North Korea's actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland," Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, said. "Let me be clear, if called upon, we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces." On their way back to Guam, the B-1Bs were joined by Koku Jieitai (Japanese Air Self-Defense Force) F-2 fighter jets over the East China Sea. Considering North Korea's actions as threat to the United States and its allies, US intelligence officials classified rocket as a brand-new missile that has not been seen before. "The B-1Bs lancer bombers practiced attack capabilities by releasing inert weapons at the Pilsung Range," according to the US Pacific Air Forces. The Pilsung Range is an air-to-ground training range in the center of the Republic of Korea in Kwangon province. It is jointly operated by the US Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), CNN reported.(ANI)

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