US military stokes N Korea flames with ‘secret nuclear silos’ claim

Thursday, November 16, 2017
By Paul Martin
16 Nov, 2017

The US military has backed claims its B-1 bombers can drop nuclear weapons and that it possesses “secret silos” of nuclear hardware amid fears it will raise tensions with North Korea.

US Strategic Command, which is responsible for the Department of Defense’s global operations, shared a KPNX article on Twitter Wednesday, prompting a furious backlash and accusations it’s spreading fake news.

The offending piece is a report by Mark Curtis, who went on a tour of the nuclear ballistic-class submarine, the U.S.S. Kentucky. The ship is part of the “nuclear triad” which includes land-based missiles “fired from secret silos,” with B-1 bombers “that can drop them from the air,” the report reads.

“The teeth of the U.S. nuclear triad is the submarine fleet, accounting for 70 percent of the firepower,” Commander James Hurt, of Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), Strategic Command tweeted along with a link to the article.

The tweet soon drew sharp criticism, with many accusing the military of sharing a “false and misleading” article that could further fuel tensions with North Korea. The US regularly flies B-1 bombers near North Korea as a show of force. It recently flew B-1 bombers closer to the Demilitarized Zone than any US warplanes in the 21st century.

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