US B-52 bomber lands at South Korean air base

SpaceWar.com reports: “A nuclear-weapons-capable B-52 bomber landed in South Korea on Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reported, in the latest show of US support for longtime ally Seoul in the face of North Korean military threats.

A photo published by Yonhap shows the aircraft landing at Cheongju Air Base, about 110 kilometres (68 miles) south of the capital, after it first made a flyover at South Korea’s largest defence exhibition.

While B-52s have previously taken part in joint exercises over the peninsula, Tuesday’s development marks the first time one has landed in the country since at least 2000, when such record-keeping began.

The bomber’s arrival comes less than a week after a South Korean port visit by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.

The carrier’s docking in Busan provoked an angry response from Pyongyang, which said it showed Washington had undertaken the ‘most serious phase’ of preparations for a potential nuclear war…”

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