U.S. bombers fly over South Korea in an affirmation of commitment to its ally after the North’s latest nuclear test. Paul Chapman reports.
US reaffirms South Korea commitment
This flight of two B-1 Lancer strategic bombers over South Korea is America’s response to the North’s latest nuclear test.
Tuesday’s flight over the Osan Air Base is intended both as a show of force and of solidarity.
The bombers were escorted by U.S. and South Korean fighter jets.
The U.S. is pushing for further United Nations sanctions over the previous week’s nuclear test.
Washington’s special representative for North Korea policy says a swift and clear response is needed.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR NORTH KOREA POLICY, SUNG KIM, SAYING:
“With this latest nuclear test, the second this year and fifth overall, and its over twenty missile launches just this year, North Korea once again has demonstrated blatant and reckless disregard for its commitments and international obligations. This is quite unprecedented, even by North Korea standards.”
The nuclear envoys of South Korea and the U.S. were meeting in Seoul on Tuesday to discuss their response to the North’s nuclear test.