US, South Korea plan deployment of B-52 strategic bomber

South Korea and United States are in the talks for the deployment of US Boeing B-52 Stratofortress long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber in South Korea, this is according to sources of South Korean Yonhap News Agency.

“Keeping close tabs on the crisis situation on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea and the U.S. are flexibly reviewing the timing of the deployment of strategic U.S. military assets,” Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said in a Monday briefing.

“Our initial concept against North Korea’s provocations is deterrence,” the Korean Defense official said. “The South Korean and U.S. militaries are in principle to deter North Korea from making provocations through their combined efforts.”

Last week, North Korea reportedly fired shells at a South Korean military base across the demilitarized zone trying to shoot loudspeakers broadcasting propaganda. South Korea answered back by firing dozens of heavy artillery rounds.

Sunday, high-level talks between the two Koreas resumed at Panmunjeom to find ways to deescalate tensions in the wake of last week’s exchange of artillery shells.