TOKYO – U.S. officials responded to last week’s reported test of a hydrogen bomb in North Korea with a menacing demonstration of its own Sunday: a B-52 bomber on a low-level flight over neighboring South Korea.
The long-range bomber made a low pass near Osan Air Base, about 40 miles south of Seoul, at about noon local time Sunday. It was accompanied by U.S. and South Korean fighter planes, according to a statement from U.S. Pacific Command, in Hawaii.
The bomber flew from its home base in Guam.
“This was a demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies in South Korea, in Japan, and to the defense of the American homeland,” Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander U.S. Pacific Command, said in the statement released Sunday.
“North Korea’s nuclear test is a blatant violation of its international obligations. U.S. joint military forces in the Indo-Asia-Pacific will continue to work with all of our regional allies and partners to maintain stability and security,” Harris said… see more