Tensions heighten between North Korea and the US.

B-52 bomber flies over South Korea as rift with Pyongyang deepens

Jan. 10, 2016: A U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.Jan. 10, 2016: A U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. (AP)

 A B-52 bomber flew over South Korea on Sunday, a clear show of force as the rift between Seoul and North Korea have deepened even further following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test.

North Korea will surely see the flyover as a clear threat as Pyongyang links its own pursuit of atomic weapons to what it sees as past nuclear-backed moves by the U.S. to topple its authoritarian government. The B-52 was joined by South Korean F-15 and U.S. F-16 fighters and returned to its base in Guam after the flyover, the U.S. said.

 “This was a demonstration of the ironclad U.S. commitment to our allies in South Korea, in Japan, and to the defense of the American homeland,” said Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander U.S. Pacific Command, in a statement. “North Korea’s nuclear test is a blatant violation of its international obligations.”

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