The United States has landed a Rockwell International B-1B Lancer strategic bomber on Osan Air Force Base in South Korea. The Pentagon intends for the temporary deployment to be a signal to North Korea that Washington stands ready to defend the Republic of Korea even as Pyongyang continues its nuclear sabre rattling.
“The bond between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) is ironclad and the strength of that commitment will not be shaken by North Korea’s aggressive behavior,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas Bergeson, commander of the 7th Air Force. “What we are showing today is just one tool we have to choose from a wide array of options. The alliance grows stronger every day and we remain prepared to defend and to preserve the security of the Korean Peninsula and the region.”
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