Analysis: The U.S. Flew B-2 Bombers Over Korea Because It Can

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides on a boat. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides on a boat. Korean Central News Agency/AP

So we know North Korea has a habit of puffing its chest and it feels like Kim Jong-Un's country declares the annihilation of its enemies seemingly every other day now. But with the U.S. announcing that they're practicing stealth bombing runs over the Korean peninsula, it's a sign that the U.S. is taking those threats seriously.

"The two B-2 Spirit bombers made a nonstop round trip from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.," reportsThe New York Times's Choe Sang-Hun. "It was the first time the U.S. military publicly confirmed a B-2 mission over the Korean Peninsula." According to reports the B-2s flew over South Korea's west coast. 

Obviously, the test run demonstrates that the U.S. has the capability of flying that far without actually crossing into North Korea and it appears to be meant to send a message that the U.S. is willing to defend South Korea against the North. There's also probably some historical symbolism thrown in. Hun adds, "After suffering from the American carpet-bombing during the 1950-53 Korean War, North Korea remains particularly sensitive about U.S. bombers." 

Read more at The Atlantic Wire

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