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US flies supersonic bombers in response to launch of North Korea’s new ICBM

The US military responded to recent missile launches from North Korea on Saturday by flying two supersonic bombers alongside South Korean and Japanese fighter jets.

North Korea sparked international anger on Friday after testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads and with a range of up to anywhere in the continental United States.

The United States and its regional allies have condemned the move and accused Pyongyang of trying to destabilize the region as it seeks to bolster its nuclear program and gain geopolitical prowess through its military advances.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly attended the ICMB launch on Friday with his wife and ‘beloved daughter’, which some saw as a sign of his growing confidence in Pyongyang’s abilities to take on the best armies, such as the United States Armed Forces.

The United States deployed B-1B supersonic bombers in joint exercises over South Korea earlier this month for the first time in five years after North Korea stepped up missile testing and its manifest aggression in the region.

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The B-1B – which reportedly annoyed Kim over its ability to deliver a massive payload of conventional guided and unguided weapons – has been dubbed the “backbone” of the US bomber force according to a US Air Force statement. .

“It can rapidly deliver mass quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time,” the statement said. Adding that its “low radar cross-section” allows the bomber to form “an integrated and robust defense system that supports penetration of hostile airspace”.

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At Japan’s request, the UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting on Monday regarding North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch.

Although the council’s ability to do anything to punish Pyongyang seems unlikely given China and Russia’s blockade earlier this year on attempts to further sanction North Korea for breaching the U.S. charter UN by expanding its nuclear and ballistic capabilities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.