US bombers fly in airspace east of North Korea amid tensions

Published 23.09.2017 21:23
Updated 23.09.2017 22:05
emPhoto courtesy of U.S. Pacific Command/em
Photo courtesy of U.S. Pacific Command

U.S. bombers flew off the coast of North Korea Saturday in a show of force designed to project American military power in the face of Pyongyang's weapons programs, the Pentagon said.

Defense Department spokesman Dana White says in a statement that the mission shows how seriously the U.S. takes what he calls North Korea's "reckless behavior."

"This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take the DPRK's reckless behavior," Pentagon spokesman Dana White said in a statement, using the acronym for North Korea.

White says "we are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the U.S. homeland and our allies."

Meanwhile, North Korean Foreign Minister assailed U.S. President Donald Trump at the opening of his address to the United Nations on Saturday, calling him a "mentally deranged person full of megalomania."

North Korea Minister for Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho speaks during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo)

Ri Yong-ho told the National Assembly that Trump's threats to "totally destroy" his country had made "our rockets' visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more."

He said that if innocent Americans are harmed by suicide attacks, "Trump will be held totally responsible."

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