On August 10, in an unprecedented show of force in the Pacific region, the U.S. military deployed B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to Guam to join B-52 and B-1 bombers for an integrated bomber operation in the Asia Pacific region. The B-1 bombers were deployed just days before on August 6 in order to be stationed in Guam temporarily “to carry out USPACOM’s (U.S. Pacific Command) Continuous Bomber Presence mission.” The B-2 Spirit bombers were reported to have been sent as a part of the “bomber assurance and deterrence deployment” or BAAD.
On August 17, the three bombers were flown over the East Asian region for a joint drill. In a statement released shortly after the joint bomber operation, the U.S. Pacific Command stated, “[T]his was the first time all three bombers flew a formation pass over Andersen Air Force Base [in Guam], dispersed and then simultaneously conducted operations in the South China Sea and Northeast Asia.”
In a statement released through the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea’s foreign ministry denounced the U.S.’ deployment of the nuclear bombers to Guam- “The introduction of the nuclear strategic bombers to Guam by the U.S…. proves that the U.S. plan for a preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK has entered a reckless phase of implementation.”
Although the U.S. Pacific Command did not explicitly state that the recent deployments of the so-called “strategic power projection bombers” (capable of carrying nuclear bombs) are aimed at targeting North Korea, both the Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) mission and the bomber assurance and deterrence deployment (BAAD) have been historically linked to the U.S. military’s plans for targeting North Korea.
Featured News & Articles
The second Kim-Trump, scheduled to be held in Hanoi scheduled for February 27-28 has attracted voluminous comment, most of either ill-informed or deliberately misleading. One way to cut through the nonsense is to focus on the significance of the venue, identifying similarities and differences between the Vietnamese and Korean situations and using that to explore motivations and likely outcomes.read more
Full translation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s 2019 New Year Address — In the address, Chairman Kim spoke about the achievements of the North Korean people in strengthening their country’s self-sustaining economy, as well as called for greater strides to be made in the new year towards peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.read more
Weekly News Roundup
NORTH-SOUTH RELATIONS Moon and Kim to Meet again in September; U.S. Ambassador says “Too early” to End the Korean War The leaders of North and South Korea will meet for the third time, this time in Pyongyang in September, announced Ri Son Gwon, chairman...read more