USA deploys B-2 Spirit stealth bombers, 200 airmen to Guam

USA deploys B-2 Spirit stealth bombers, 200 airmen to Guam

Nuclear-capable US military B-2 stealth bombers are headed to Guam - the USA territory closest to North Korea.

Pacific Air Forces tweeted that 200 airmen and three B-2 stealth bombers were deployed to the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, reported Fox News. The Air Force has rotated bombers in the Pacific for 15 years in a show of support for its allies in the region.

Commentator Tyler Rogoway said: "The 40,000lb super-bunker buster will be absolutely essential for any major air war aimed at wiping out North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, as well as for destroying key regime targets, many of which are buried under mountains".

Marine Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday that it would be wrong to view the bomber deployment "within the single lens of what it means to the Korean Peninsula".

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Guam has been a key USA territory for military might in Asia since World War II. The last time three of these stealth bombers were sent to Guam was in 2016.

The move comes just days after North and South Korean leaders met to discuss the 2018 Winter Olympics next month.

Though the reports on the attack suggested it was likely to be in the future, likely during the Winter Olympics, the deployment of the United States warplanes has doubtless added to military tensions on the Korean Peninsula, even as the negotiations sought to ease them somewhat. "It could be a resulting work of the US -led sanctions and pressure".

Experts had suggested that North Korea proposed the talks as a way to disrupt cooperation between South Korea and the United States, but South Korean representatives claim that they support the position of President Trump on denuclearizing North Korea and will not sway. Moon has opposed any USA military action against North Korea without his prior approval - something the United States is not required to do, according to a security agreement between Washington and Seoul.

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