U.S. Flies B-52 Bomber Over North Korea In Show Of Strength

The United States flew a B-52 bomber jet low over North and South Korea as a show of strength after North Korea’s reported hydrogen bomb test.

Earlier this week, an earthquake was detected in North Korea, and shortly after the earthquake, North Korean officials announced that they had tested a hydrogen bomb successfully for the first time. A hydrogen bomb is far more powerful and devastating than a nuclear bomb, with the power to level entire cities in just one bomb.

The nuclear test brought on anger and criticism from world powers such as the United States, China, South Korea, Japan, and also led to a meeting by the United Nations Security Council to figure out what to do next. In America, Republican candidate Donald J. Trump said the only way for China to fix North Korea is if American pressured China through economic sanctions.

The B-52 bomber was accompanied by two fighter jets, and according to a statement by the United States military, reinforced “the US commitment to the security of [its] allies and partners,” and demonstrated “one of the many alliance capabilities available for the defense of the Republic of Korea.” 

South Korea also had their own response: they set up propaganda speakers along their border with North Korea, loud enough to reach civilians and soldiers on the other side, and played very loud demoralizing messages against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife, in addition to loud Korean pop music. While this decision sounds tame, it infuriated North Korea to the point where officials threatened South Korea and said they were on the brink of war.

Kim Jong-un rules the country with an iron fist, and anything that threatens his oppressive power is considered to be an enormous threat to him and his inner circle of officials.