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US redeploys long-range bomber to Korean Peninsula

A supersonic B-1B has taken part in joint US-South Korea drills in the wake of the North’s latest ICBM test

A US B-1B Lancer long-range strategic bomber has been redeployed to the Korean Peninsula to take part in a joint US-South Korean drill, Seoul’s military said on Saturday, as quoted by local media. The announcement came a day after North Korea conducted its latest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test.

“South Korea and the US conducted a joint air drill today with the US Air Force’s B-1B strategic bomber redeployed on the Korean Peninsula,” the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.

The military stated that the US supersonic bomber flew over the South’s air defense identification zone and was escorted by South Korean F-35A jets and American F-16 fighters.

“Through this drill, we have once again demonstrated the joint military capacity of the South Korea-US alliance and Washington’s commitment to protecting the Korean Peninsula and providing extended deterrence,” the JCS said.

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