Three nuclear-capable stealth bombers have been deployed to Guam, a United States territory.
The Pacific Air Forces announced the deployment of three B-2 Spirit aircraft, along with 200 U.S.
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The PAF said the move is aimed at supporting the US Pacific Command's Bomber Assurance and Deterrence mission. For the past 15 years, the Pentagon has sent bombers into the Pacific as a show of support in the region. North Korea said at those talks that it would attend the Winter Olympics in the South, while both sides agreed to work to resolve problems between them via dialogue and to revive a military hotline and consultations to prevent accidental conflict. But it is still unclear how long the B-2 strategic stealth bombers will stay in the Guam airbase.
Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday that it would be wrong to view the bomber deployment "within the single lens of what it means to the Korean Peninsula". Besides its strategic location in the Pacific, allowing access to Asia, it provides support activities to the USA military.
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This development comes just as when the North has shown signs of rapprochement, kick-starting talks with its rival, South Korea.
Adding context to this deployment, while the United States never formally objected to the talks, there were reports at the time that the Trump Administration was debating carrying out a "limited" sneak attack against North Korea. South Korea also proposed that North Korean athletes should march with South Korean athletes during the Winter Olympics' opening and closing ceremonies. Moon has opposed any US military action against North Korea without his prior approval - something the United States is not required to do, according to a security agreement between Washington and Seoul.
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