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US sends supersonic bombers over North Korea in show of force

B-1B Bomber (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)
June 20, 2017

One day after the death Otto Warmbier, an American college student detained in North Korea for more than 17 months, the United States sent a pair of supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said, according to Fox News.

Two U.S. Rockwell B-1 Lancer supersonic heavy bombers took part in routine exercises with South Korean fighter jets in an effort to deter North Korean aggression.

The two bombers conducted separate drills with Japanese and South Korean air forces, according to the U.S. Military.

B-1B bombers have been sent over North Korea previously, such as when North Korea conducted ballistic missile tests that violated United Nations sanctions.

However, the decision to continue as planned is seen as a clear signal that nothing North Korea does is going to alter or deter U.S. Military decisions.

Warmbier died Monday, just days after returning home from North Korea.

Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after attempting to steal a propaganda poster at a hotel in the North Korean capital.

He returned home June 13 after being detained for more than 17 months in North Korea. For more than a year, Warmbier was in a coma.