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US B-1B bomber arrives in South Korea

The U.S. B-1B bomber, accompanied by the Republic of Korea's F-15Ks, dropped JDAM bombs, demonstrating its ability to accurately strike deep targets and "demonstrating the countermeasure posture of the Republic of Korea and the joint defense posture between the Republic of Korea and the United States to contain North Korea's nuclear and missile threats."



The U.S. B-1B supersonic bomber dropped Jadam guided bombs on the Korean Peninsula after 7 years.


ON June 5, local time, South Korean and U.S. air forces conducted joint air training and U.S. B-1B bombers conducted live-fire exercises over the Korean peninsula.


US B-1B bomber

The Yonhap news agency quoted analysts as saying that the exercise was intended to send a warning signal to North Korea.


The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Korea disclosed on the 5th that B-1B bombers participated in the exercise on the same day along with F-35A, F-15K and KF-16 fighters of the Republic of Korea Air Force and F-35B and F-16 fighters of the U.S. Army.


The joint exercise focused on fulfilling the U.S. commitment to provide extended deterrence to the Republic of Korea in terms of co-defense by improving the interoperability of the two forces and joint defense posture.


The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Korea also stated that the U.S. B-1B bomber, accompanied by the Republic of Korea's F-15Ks, dropped JDAM bombs, demonstrating its ability to accurately strike deep targets and "demonstrating the countermeasure posture of the Republic of Korea and the joint defense posture between the Republic of Korea and the United States to contain North Korea's nuclear and missile threats."

The B-1B is a supersonic bomber equipped with the United States Air Force since the 1980s. After the end of the Cold War, the B-1B bomber no longer performs the task of dropping nuclear weapons, and after upgrading, it can carry AGM-158 series cruise missiles, satellite-guided bombs and other precision-guided munitions, and take on more conventional combat missions.


Currently, the U.S. Air Force is equipped with about 45 B-1B bombers, which frequently travel to the Korean Peninsula, the South China Sea and the Middle East to carry out deterrence missions.


The South Korean government held a cabinet meeting on the 4th and voted to pass a motion to suspend the full effectiveness of the September 19 Military Agreement between South Korea and North Korea. The September 19 Military Agreement is an annex to the Pyongyang Joint Declaration signed by South Korea and North Korea on September 19, 2018, which clearly prohibits North and South Korea from taking hostile actions against each other. On November 22, 2023, South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol approved the partial suspension of the September 19 Military Agreement.


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