Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

US B1-B bombers fly off North Korea's eastern coast

US B1-B bombers fly off North Korea's eastern coast

In what the Pentagon called a "demonstration of US resolve" and a "clear message" to North Korea, Air Force bombers and fighter escorts flew off of the east coast of hostile nation on Saturday.

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers out of Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, along with U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew over waters east of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"This mission is a demonstration of United States resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat", said the Pentagon.

The mission is clear message that the USA has many military options to defeat any threat from North Korea, the statement said.

White says "we are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the USA homeland and our allies". Kim's foreign minister told reporters this past week that the North's response to Trump "could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific".

Ri Yong-ho told the National Assembly that Trump's threats to "totally destroy" his country had made "our rockets' visit to the entire USA mainland inevitable all the more".

"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire", Kim said in a rare video statement this week.

"Rocket man is on a suicide mission", Mr Trump said.

Meanwhile, China has moved to limit North Korea's oil supply and will stop buying textiles from the politically isolated nation.

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