North Korea issued another threat to the United States this weekend, promising a “package of gifts to the Yankees” in the wake of their latest missile test. On Monday, North Korea fired a SCUD-style missile that can hit within a few feet of an intended target.
In response, the United States delivered a response – on the wings of a B-1B bomber.
The United States Air Force sent B-1B Lancers, the latest model of their high-tech bombers, to buzz the demilitarized zone on the North Korean border.
The Daily Mail reports on the the latest missile test, and how the new technology being used makes the North Korean threat very serious.
Kim Jong Un warned that North Korea is preparing “to send bigger ‘package of gifts’ to the Yankees” after testing a new short-range Scud variant Monday morning. The test marked North Korea’s third successful missile test in three weeks.
In the past three weeks, the North has tested three new weapons systems, including the new liquid-fueled Hwasong-12 medium long-range ballistic missile, the solid-fueled Pukguksong-2 (KN-15) mid-range ballistic missile, and a Scud variant that appears to have late-stage guidance capability. North Korea also tested a new surface-to-air missile system.
The new short-range Scud is, according to North Korean state media, an ultra-precision weapon that can strike within 23 feet of a target. The Hwasong-12 can potentially hit targets 2,800 miles away, putting Guam in range, and the Pukguksong-2 can be fired with little to no warning.
U.S. and South Korean forces conducted joint drills Monday, the second exercise this month, reports the Wall Street Journal. North Korea called the move a “grave military provocation.” North Korea said the U.S. is pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the “brink of war” with the introduction of B-1B Lancers.
The supersonic strategic bombers, deployed from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, are long-range, multi-mission aircraft capable of reaching Korea in 2.5 hours. The U.S. has maintained a continuous bomber presence in the region for decades as part of American deterrence posturing. North Korea often accuses the U.S. of preparing for nuclear strikes against it, even though B-1B bombers are no longer nuclear capable.
The recent flyby “clearly proves that their talk about ‘dialogue’ is nothing but hypocrisy to disarm the DPRK and their wild ambition to eliminate the DPRK with nukes remains unchanged even a bit,” the Korean Central News Agency said in response to the actions of the U.S. Air Force.