The commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said on Saturday night that the U.S. and its allies are prepared to use “rapid, lethal and overwhelming force,” against North Korea if necessary.
U.S. Pacific Air Force commander Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy released his statement after the militaries of the U.S., Japan and South Korea spent 10 hours conducting bomber-jet drills over the Korean Peninsula.
The training mission was part of the U.S. regular commitment to defending its allies in the Asia-Pacific region and a response to the recent ballistic missile launches of North Korea, the statement of the general said.
“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” O’Shaughnessy said.
“Diplomacy remains the lead,” he said. “However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario.”
“If called upon,” he added, “we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing.”
The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula, where they were joined by four F-15 fighter jets from the South Korean air force.