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US Bombers Buzz North Korea in Show of Force

Move was unprecedented in 21st century
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2017 2:21 PM CDT
US Bombers Buzz North Korea in Show of Force
In this image provided by the US Air Force, a US Air Force F-15C Eagle takes off from the Kadena runway Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.   (Senior Airman Quay Drawdy/U.S. Air force via AP)

(Newser) – In a move unprecedented in recent years, US Air Force bombers and fighter jets flew into international airspace east of North Korea on Saturday, Reuters reports. The Pentagon says it was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea the US has flown in the 21st century. “This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat,” Pentagon spokesperson Dana White says.

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The mission was revealed just before North Korea's Ri Yong Ho addressed the UN. The foreign minister told the UN that North Korea has successfully tested nuclear bombs that can be mounted to ICBMs and that Trump, who he called "president evil," is making a North Korean attack on the US "inevitable," CBS News reports. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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