US Conducts Exercise with Nuclear-Capable Bombers in Latest Response to North Korean Actions

by Lucas Garcia
US-North Korea Tensions

In an escalated display of force against North Korea, the United States flew nuclear-armed bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Friday. This comes after North Korea recently orchestrated large anti-U.S. demonstrations in its capital.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry reported that long-range B-52 bombers participated in combined air drills with other U.S. and South Korean fighter jets over the peninsula. This bomber deployment marks the most recent of a series of temporary U.S. strategic asset placements in South Korea, a response to North Korea’s continued drive to expand its nuclear arsenal.

Two weeks prior, the United States made its first deployment of a nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Michigan, capable of housing about 150 Tomahawk missiles to South Korean waters in six years. This occurred just a day after North Korea recommenced missile tests in retaliation to previous U.S.-South Korean exercises, which it perceives as practice for an invasion.

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South Korea’s Defense Ministry stated that the B-52 bombers’ arrival on the peninsula increases the visibility of U.S. strategic assets. The ministry noted that the allies are committed to reinforcing their joint defense stances and will continue with the incorporation of U.S. strategic bombers in their exercises.

Last Sunday, over 120,000 North Koreans took part in mass gatherings in Pyongyang to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Korean War’s commencement. During these gatherings, officials and citizens pledged “ruthless retribution” against the U.S. for the war and accused it of scheming an invasion of North Korea.

Since the Korean War ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty, the Korean Peninsula technically remains in a state of war. As a preventative measure against possible North Korean aggression, the U.S. maintains a military presence of about 28,000 troops in South Korea.

In light of the U.S. bomber deployment, North Korea may resume weapon tests as an act of protest, even though no public weapons tests have taken place since its June 15 launch of two short-range ballistic missiles.

At their Washington summit in April, U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol agreed to enhance the “regular visibility of U.S. strategic assets” in the Korean Peninsula. President Biden warned that any nuclear attack by North Korea on the U.S. or its allies would lead to the downfall of the offending regime.

Throughout 2022, North Korea has conducted over 100 missile tests as part of their effort to increase their arsenal of nuclear-capable missiles aimed at the U.S. mainland and South Korea. In response, the allies have stepped up their military exercises.

In late May, a North Korean rocket carrying the nation’s first spy satellite failed to reach orbit, falling into the sea shortly after launch. Despite this setback, North Korea has consistently stated its intention to attempt a second launch, asserting the need for a space-based surveillance system to counteract perceived U.S. hostility.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about US-North Korea Tensions

What was the United States’ recent display of force against North Korea?

The United States flew nuclear-armed B-52 bombers over the Korean Peninsula, taking part in joint aerial drills with other U.S. and South Korean fighter jets. This was a response to North Korea’s efforts to expand its nuclear arsenal.

Why did the U.S. deploy a nuclear-powered submarine to South Korean waters?

The U.S. deployed the nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan, capable of carrying about 150 Tomahawk missiles, to South Korean waters as a show of force following North Korea’s resumed missile tests. This was the first such deployment in six years.

How are the U.S. and South Korea responding to North Korean missile tests?

The U.S. and South Korea are responding to North Korean missile tests by increasing their joint military exercises, including the use of U.S. strategic bombers.

What was North Korea’s reaction to previous U.S.-South Korean drills?

North Korea perceives U.S.-South Korean drills as rehearsals for an invasion and has protested against these exercises by resuming missile tests and orchestrating large anti-U.S. demonstrations.

What was the agreement reached between U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol?

During their summit in Washington in April, President Biden and President Yoon agreed to enhance the “regular visibility of U.S. strategic assets” in the Korean Peninsula. Biden also warned that any nuclear attack by North Korea on the U.S. or its allies would lead to the downfall of the offending regime.

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TechieGary June 30, 2023 - 12:49 pm

those B-52s are old but they still pack a punch. kind of symbolic, don’t ya think?

Sarah234 June 30, 2023 - 6:47 pm

How many more times are we gonna flex our muscles before actual talks begin? It’s high time for diplomacy, not war. peace out!

JohnD June 30, 2023 - 6:58 pm

Wow, things are really heating up on the peninsula. lets hope cooler heads prevail, don’t want another war!!

LauraN July 1, 2023 - 6:28 am

honestly, i am worried. we’ve been at this game of cat and mouse for years. when is it gonna stop?

ProudVet65 July 1, 2023 - 7:18 am

In my day, we didn’t have to deal with this nonsense. Strength and resolve, thats what we need now. This ain’t a drill folks. god bless America.


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