According to the AP the US has flown two supersonic bombers over the Korean peninsula as a show of force against N. Korea after the death of Otto Warmbier yesterday:
US flies two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea, South Korea says. https://t.co/ttZ59FP5A2
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 20, 2017
The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said.
The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B bombers several times this year as the North conducted a series of banned ballistic missile tests.
Tuesday’s flights by B-1Bs came shortly after the death of a U.S. college student who was recently released by North Korea in a coma following more than 17 months of captivity.
Seoul’s Defense Ministry said the bombers engaged in routine exercises with South Korean fighter jets aimed at showing deterrence against North Korea.
The U.S. military said the bombers conducted two separate drills with the Japanese and South Korean air forces. It said the flights demonstrated solidarity among South Korea, Japan and the United States “to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater.”
The United States stations tens of thousands of troops in South Korea and Japan.
This is certainly a good start, but I’d like to see much more than this. The regime in N. Korea needs to pay for what they did to Otto Warmbier as well as what they are doing to their own people.
Here’s the statement released yesterday by Tillerson on Otto Warmbier:
Today we received with deep sadness the news that Otto Warmbier has passed away.
On behalf of the entire State Department and the United States government, I extend my condolences to the Warmbier family, and offer my prayers as they enter a time of grief no parent should ever know.
We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier’s unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained.