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U.S. delays planned flight of B-1B bomber to S. Korea due to winds

All News 11:46 September 12, 2016

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- The United States has postponed its planned flight of a supersonic bomber to South Korea aimed at showing its defense commitment to its key ally due to unfavorable weather conditions, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Monday.

Two B-1B Lancers were scheduled to fly over the skies of South Korea at around 10:00 a.m. on Monday, flanked by an entourage of one South Korean F-15K and one U.S. F-16 fighter jets, according to the USFK.

"Due to inclement weather conditions, the engagement at Osan Air Base scheduled for today has been postponed. More information on flight will be available soon," USFK spokesman Christopher Bush said in a statement at an air base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul.

On Friday, North Korea detonated its fifth nuclear device in the face of strong protest from the international community to halt its weapons of mass destruction programs.

This undated file photo shows the B-1B supersonic bomber scheduled to fly over the skies of South Korea this week in a show of power amid North Korea's growing threats. (Yonhap)

The U.S. has in the past taken a series of military counteractions following major provocations by the North.

On Jan. 10, four days after the North conducted its fourth nuclear test, the U.S. sent a B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber to the skies above Osan air base as a show of force. The bomber can be armed with nuclear missiles and "bunker buster" bombs that are capable of destroying the North's hardened underground facilities.

"These provocative actions destabilize the Korean Peninsula and (the Indo-Asia-Pacific) region. The Alliance is taking steps each and every day to defend the Republic of Korea and we are always maintaining a high state of readiness," the spokesman said.


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