The United States is again expected to send B-1B strategic bombers to South Korea, in an apparent show of might against North Korea following the regime’s fifth nuclear test.
A South Korean military source said on Wednesday that two U.S. B-1B Lancers will arrive in South Korea from Guam later in the day, adding they will land at the U.S. Air Base in Osan, Gyeonggi Province.
The U.S. dispatched two U.S. B-1B bombers from Guam to the Korean Peninsula on September 13, four days after the North conducted its fifth nuclear test, but only flew over the Osan base.
The temporary deployment of the nuclear bombers in South Korea indicates the U.S. wants to send a clear message that it is serious about providing its allies with extended deterrence against the North.
The U.S. is also known to be planning to dispatch the USS Ronald Reagan(CVN-76), a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, to participate in a regular joint exercise between the naval forces of South Korea and the U.S. slated to be held in the west and south seas off South Korea next month.