U.S. bombers with Korea, Japan jets show ready to 'Fight Tonight'

Gladys Abbott
August 11, 2017

Japanese soldiers use rubber rafts as part of an amphibious drill during joint military exercises on May 13 with US, French and United Kingdom forces on Naval Base Guam. In return, US President Trump promised that the US would respond with "fire and fury", should North Korea attack US facilities.

"The U.S. has maintained a regular bomber presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific since 2004 and this mission demonstrated our continued ironclad commitment to regional allies".

The U.S. planes, which were created to carry nuclear bombs and later switched to conventional payloads, followed up the drills with Japan with a separate exercise with South Korean Forces, the ASDF said.

The last time B-1 Bombers from Ellsworth were deployed to Guam was in August 2016.

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As far back as 2013 the DPRK threatened Guam after B52's out of Andersen Air Force base flew near the North Korean border saying "the KPA strategic rocket force has already been on a-class alert to wipe out the U.S. Forces and reduce their bases in Guam and other regions to ashes." adding, "The KPA air force is put on alert".

Guam is about 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers) southeast of Pyongyang and 3,800 miles (6,115 kilometers) west of Honolulu in the Pacific Ocean. The unit replaces the 9th squadron from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.

The KPA spokesman said the Minuteman ICBM test-launch and the mobilization of "nuclear strategic bombers" from Guam indicated that the USA was "driving the regional situation to an extreme pitch".

The news comes after the state-run North Korean news agency reported yesterday that Pyongyang was "carefully examining" a missile strike on the USA territory. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from North Korea, including to Guam. He said he felt like moving out of Guam.

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