ROK – U.S. Alliance ready to meet mutual defense obligations

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A nuclear-capable B-1B Lancer bomber, flanked by four fighter jets, flies over Osan Air Base, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. The show of force came four days after North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test. Kim Gamel/Stars and Stripes
A nuclear-capable B-1B Lancer bomber, flanked by four fighter jets, flies over Osan Air Base, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. The show of force came four days after North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test. Kim Gamel/Stars and Stripes

ROK – U.S. Alliance ready to meet mutual defense obligations

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published: September 13, 2016
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea – In a demonstration of the steadfast United States (U.S.) commitment to the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) defense, two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers flew from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to the airspace over the Republic of Korea, Sept. 13.
 
General Vincent K. Brooks, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea commander and General Lee, Sun-jin, Chairman of the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff, stressed during a press conference after the flight that North Korea’s blatant disregard for its international obligations, demands ROK and U.S. forces to continue to enhance military readiness to take actions as directed to deter North Korea.
 
“The United States and the Republic of Korea are taking actions every day to strengthen our Alliance and respond to North Korea’s continued aggressive behavior,” said Gen. Brooks. “Today’s demonstration provides just one example of the full range of military capabilities in the deep resources of this strong alliance to provide and strengthen extended deterrence. The Alliance military forces remain ready to meet mutual defense obligations against threats to the security of the Korean Peninsula and the region.”
 
The B-1Bs, Republic of Korea F-15K fighter aircraft and U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft conducted a low-level flight in the vicinity of Osan Air Base. The flyover highlights the close cooperation between U.S. and ROK military forces that keeps them ready to respond at any time to threats to stability and security.
 
The B-1 Lancer is a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing, jet-powered heavy supersonic strategic bomber with Mach 2 speed. The B-1s recently deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
 
“North Korea’s nuclear test is a dangerous escalation and poses an unacceptable threat,” said Gen. Brooks. “The United States has an unshakable commitment to defend allies in the region and will take necessary steps to do so, including operations like this one today, and the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) battery to the Korean Peninsula.”
 
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