The U.S. seeks only for the peaceful denuclearization of Korean Peninsula, Department of Defense spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning has said on Sept. 25.
“The United States seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the end of threatening actions or provocations by North Korea. The Kim regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours, and would lose any arms race or conflict that it initiates”, he said.
He made the statement while briefing reporters about the show of force operation conducted by U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam and F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan. They flew in international airspace over the waters east of North Korea and north of the Demilitarized Zone on Sept. 23.
This was the farthest north any U.S. fighter or bomber has flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century.
This flight was in response to North Korea’s escalatory launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) on July 3 and July 28, intermediate range ballistic missile launches over Japan on Aug. 28 and Sept. 14, and a nuclear test on Sept. 2, Manning said, all of which violate many U.N. Security Council resolutions.