US flies bombers over Korean Peninsula in show of force

US flies bombers over Korean Peninsula in show of force
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The U.S. military flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean Peninsula late Tuesday night in a show of force amid heightened tensions with North Korea.

The two bombers from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam were escorted by South Korean military jets in a display of allied strength aimed at North Korea's leadership, Reuters.

In a separate statement, the military confirmed similar exercises with Japan's military shortly afterward. Reuters noted the exercises mark the first time the three country's militaries have engaged in these operations on the same night.

The moves come a day after news broke that North Korean hackers breached data systems in South Korea and stole confidential U.S. military plans to "decapitate" the Kim Jong Un's government in the North.

According to a local newspaper, hackers “presumed to be North Koreans” stole 235 gigabytes of data from South Korean military networks in August and September of 2016. 

Tensions between North Korea and the United States have increased in recent months as President Trump continues directing sharp rhetoric at North Korea.

On Monday, Trump appeared to rule out diplomacy in a tweet signaling his administration's tougher stance against the nation.

"Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing," Trump tweeted Monday, echoing remarks he made over the weekend.

"Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators," Trump said last weekend. "Sorry, but only one thing will work!"