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    U.S. Conducts First B-1B Bomber Drill Over Korean Peninsula in Seven Years Amid Rising Tensions with North Korea

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    The United States has carried out a precision-guided bombing exercise with the long-range B-1B bomber over the Korean Peninsula, the first of its kind in seven years, a move with considerable implications for regional security amidst rising tensions with North Korea.

    According to statements from the South Korean Defense Ministry, the drill, which also involved advanced U.S. and South Korean fighter jets, was conducted with the objective of bolstering the joint defense posture of the allies and underscoring the unwavering U.S. security commitment to South Korea.

    During the exercise, the B-1B Lancer dropped Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs)—precision-guided munitions that enhance the accuracy of unguided, conventional bombs through GPS guidance.

    Notably, this included bunker-buster bombs, which have the capability to target subterranean military structures and are closely scrutinized by Pyongyang due to their potential threat to its leadership and underground facilities.

    The B-1B’s deployment for this drill was particularly significant given its vast payload capacity for conventional weapons.

    Past deployments of this bomber, and others like it, have elicited forceful responses from North Korea, including missile tests, underscoring the bomber’s role as a strategic deterrent and power projection asset.

    This show of force comes against a backdrop of intensified North Korean activities, including the recent launch of trash-carrying balloons across the South’s territory and provocations such as the testing of nuclear-capable weapons, which simulate a preemptive strike on South Korean assets.

    The North’s brazen attempts to place a second spy satellite into orbit, notwithstanding U.N. resolutions, and alleged jamming of GPS signals, exemplify the regime’s determination to elevate its military posturing.

    Seoul’s military asserts readiness to “punish” North Korea should provocations continue, a stance supported by live-firing exercises conducted by South Korean jets.

    U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kenneth Nealis, right, and Senior Airman Christopher Silas, both weapons load crew members assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, transfer a 2,000 pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition to a lift truck for loading onto a B-1B Lancer aircraft March 29, 2007, in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Gonzalez) (Released)

    The suspension of the 2018 inter-Korean military pact, aimed at reducing border tensions, now empowers South Korea to recommence front-line military activities, including live-fire drills and loudspeaker broadcasts.

    Such measures have the potential to invite retaliatory actions, setting the stage for a precarious cycle of escalation.

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    U.S. flies long-range B-1B bomber over Korean Peninsula for first precision bombing drill in 7 years, CBS News, 06/05/2024
    US flies B-1B bomber for first precision bomb drill in 7 years as tensions simmer with North Korea, Dayton Daily News, 06/05/2024

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