US bombers to fly over Korean peninsula: report

US bombers to fly over Korean peninsula: report
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The U.S. Air Force will send a number of B-1B Lancer bombers to South Korea on Wednesday to take part in a weeklong joint military exercise following Pyongyang's latest missile test, according to Yonhap News Agency.

An unspecified number of the long-range bombers will join more than 230 aircraft taking part in the two countries' largest-ever joint exercise, called "Vigilant Ace," a defense source told the South Korean news agency.

The move comes shortly after North Korea launched its first missile test in two months.

The supersonic bombers have previously flown to the peninsula in pairs as a show of force after past North Korean missile launches. 


The U.S. has also sent two dozen advanced F-22 and F-35 stealth fighter jets to take part in the exercise, which will focus on taking out mock North Korean missile launch vehicles and nuclear sites. 

North Korea's latest launch ended a two-month silence from the nation. The missile is reported to have flown at a distance of more than 600 miles and a height of 2,800 miles. Experts say that the missile could reach the eastern U.S., though it's unclear whether the nation is capable of mounting a nuclear warhead to such a missile.