Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

United States deploys B-2 stealth bombers to Guam

United States deploys B-2 stealth bombers to Guam

During the bilateral talks between North and South Korea this week, the US Air Force deployed three nuclear-capable B-2 Spirit bombers to Guam, along with some 200 airmen. The aircraft and airmen are arriving from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

The Andersen base, which is the United States strategic point in the Asia-Pacific region, now has B-1 bombers.

Guam has been a key USA territory for military might in Asia since World War II.

President Donald Trump has also told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the USA would be open to talks with North Korea "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances", the White House said Wednesday, Reuters reported. North Korea considers these positions to be "advanced base for invasion" against Pyongyang. As Pacific Daily News reported, unlike other USA military bases in the region, the United States maintains the most decision-making freedom on Guam.

This development comes just as when the North has shown signs of rapprochement, kick-starting talks with its rival, South Korea. Military experts say that any USA strike on North Korea would nearly certainly involve the powerful bombers. "It could be a resulting work of the US -led sanctions and pressure".

Earlier on Tuesday, South Korea had said it would temporarily lift sanctions on North Korea so that they could participate in the Olympic Games. He made the comments while refusing questions from South Korean delegates about his regime's nuclear program, reported Fox. South Korea also proposed that North Korean athletes should march with South Korean athletes during the Winter Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies.

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