US flies bombers, fighters in show of force against North Korea

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A Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet lands during a flight display at the International Paris Air Show in Le Bourget outside Paris on June 19. (CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea‘s military said the United States flew B-1B supersonic bombers and F-35 fighter jets over South Korea in a show of force following North Korea‘s latest ballistic missile launch.

An official from Seoul’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that two B-1B bombers and two F-35 fighters participated in training with South Korean F-15 fighter jets. He didn’t want to be named, citing office rulers.

Such flyovers are common when animosity rises on the Korean Peninsula, which is technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

North Korea on Tuesday flew a potentially-nuclear capable intermediate range ballistic missile over northern Japan and later called it a “meaningful prelude” to containing the U.S. territory of Guam.