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U.S. Sent B-2 Stealth Bombers Over South Korea

The United States said Thursday it sent stealth bombers to South Korea to participate in annual military exercises amid spiking tensions with North Korea, CNN reports.

Posted on March 28, 2013, at 2:05 a.m. ET

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The B-2 Spirit bombers flew more than 6,500 miles from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to South Korea, dropping inert munitions there as part of the exercises, before returning to the U.S. mainland, the U.S Forces in Korea said in a statement.

Official Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul:

Two B-2 bombers flew over South Korea today, demonstrating the US’s ability to conduct precision strikes at will

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United States Forces Korea -- Full Statement:

U.S. B-2 bombers conduct extended deterrence mission to the Republic of Korea

YONGSAN GARRISON, Seoul – Demonstrating the commitment of the United States and its capability to defend the Republic of Korea and to provide extended deterrence to our allies in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. Strategic Command sent two B-2 Spirit bombers for a long-duration, round-trip training mission from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to the Republic of Korea March 28 as part of the ongoing bilateral Foal Eagle training exercise.

This mission by two B-2 Spirit bombers assigned to 509th Bomb Wing, which demonstrates the United States' ability to conduct long range, precision strikes quickly and at will, involved flying more than 6,500 miles to the Korean Peninsula, dropping inert munitions on the Jik Do Range, and returning to the continental U.S. in a single, continuous mission.

The United States is steadfast in its alliance commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea, to deterring aggression, and to ensuring peace and stability in the region. The B-2 bomber is an important element of America's enduring and robust extended deterrence capability in the Asia-Pacific region.