Two U.S. B-1B strategic bombers arrived in South Korea on Wednesday in a bid to demonstrate its strike capabilities after North Korea pushed ahead with its fifth nuclear test.
The two B-1B Lancers, which departed from Guam on Wednesday morning, flew at a low altitude over the U.S. Air Base in Osan, Gyeonggi Province in the afternoon.
In a rare event, one of the two planes landed in the Osan Air Base while the other shortly flew back to Guam.
B-1Bs are capable of destroying enemy targets with JDAM bunker busters and other precision missiles in just two hours after departing from Guam. The stealth Lancer was originally developed as a nuclear bomber. However, in line with the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed between the U.S. and Russia in April 2010, the bomber's nuclear role was removed in 2011.
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.