Deployment of U.S. strategic bomber to Korea delayed

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (UPI) — The United States Air Force postponed the dispatch of supersonic bombers to South Korea due to bad weather.

The U.S. plan to send two B-1B Lancers to the Korean peninsula as part of its “extended deterrence” was originally set for Monday, Korea Economic Daily reported.

But bad weather led to delays.

“Due to inclement weather conditions, the engagement at Osan Air Base scheduled for today has been postponed,” said a U.S. Forces Korea spokesman, according to Yonhap.

The strategic bombers are currently stationed in Guam and are expected to arrive in South Korea on Tuesday, local time.

The Air Force has previously deployed strategic bombers to South Korea in response to North Korea provocations, and the deployment is taking place after North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on Friday.

In January, a long-range U.S. B-52 bomber flew across South Korea airspace after Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test, causing North Korea to accuse the United States of provocations. South Korea F-15K fighter jets and U.S. F-16s joined the B-52 in a show of force North Korea denounced as “stupid.”

The United States has often sent B-52 and B-2 bombers to South Korea over the decades.

The delay raised concerns in South Korea on Monday, where calls for nuclear deterrence in response to North Korea’s fifth nuclear test are growing.

A South Korean analyst said the United States should station its strategic bombers in the South in order to deter threats, according to Yonhap.

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