US flies bombers over South Korea in show of force

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A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, September 13, 2016.

The US has flown two supersonic B-1 Lancer strategic bombers over South Korea in a show of force, just days after North Korea carried out its fifth nuclear test.

The two bombers conducted a low-altitude flight over an air base located some 77km (48 miles) from the border.

Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test is believed to be its largest ever.

The US has warned the North of “serious consequences” in light of the test.

B-1 bombers are capable of carrying nuclear missiles and bombs that are able to destroy even underground bunkers.

Vincent Brooks, second from right, commander of the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command, shakes hands with South Korean Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Lee Sun Jin, second from left
The top US commander in Korea, General Vincent Brooks (second from right) said Pyongyang’s nuclear test had escalated tension to dangerous levels

The fly-over was originally scheduled for Monday but was delayed because of weather conditions in Guam, where the bombers were stationed.

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