U.S. sends two B2 Stealth bombers on a non-stop 13,000 mile round trip flight. The bombers dropped dummy ordinance in South Korea and returned home to Missouri, nonstop.
The US military has deployed two nuclear-capable B2 stealth bombers over South Korea to conduct “deterrence” mission amid escalating tension in the Korean peninsula over North Korea’s threats of attacking its neighbor and the US.
The two jets flew out of Whiteman Air Force base in Missouri and dropped dummy ordinance on targets in South Korea on Thursday and completed the 13000-mile round trip in a "single continuous mission," according to a press release by the US military
"The B-2 bomber is an important element of America's enduring and robust extended deterrence capability in the Asia-Pacific region," the US statement said.
The deployment of the bombers will further inflame tensions in the region especially after infuriated North Korea threatened frequently over the past days to attack the US mainland, Hawaii and Guam as well as US military bases in South Korea and Japan.
According to a Tuesday report by the Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang has put its military on combat-ready status for possible strikes against the US.
ABC News Jim Avila reports from the White House: U.S. sending a stern message.