Air Force deploys six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Guam as North Korea scoffs at ‘lunatic’ Trump

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

Six B-52H Stratofortress bombers and 300 airmen arrived in Guam on Tuesday
They arrive in ‘routine’ support of continuous bomber presence mission
As North and South Korea relations thaw, Kim regime hurls barbs at Trump
State newspaper calls Trump’s nuclear button tweet the ‘spasm of a lunatic’

17 January 2018

The US Air Force has deployed six nuclear-capable B52 bombers to Guam as North Korea derides President Donald Trump as a ‘lunatic’.

The B-52H Stratofortress bombers and approximately 300 airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana arrived in Guam on Tuesday, in ‘routine’ support of US Pacific Command’s continuous bomber presence mission, said the Air Force.

The B-52 is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet and can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance.

Pacific Command has conducted continuous bomber presence missions since 2004, and the Stratofortress bombers will take over operations in Guam for the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancers, deployed from Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota.

Though the show of force came as Winter Olympics talks between North and South Korea signaled improving relations on the peninsula, the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington DC continued to heat up.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the country about the possibility of a military response if the state does not choose to negotiate on giving up its nuclear weapons.

‘We have to recognize that the threat is growing and that if North Korea does not choose the pathway of engagement, discussion, negotiation then they themselves will trigger an option,’ he said.

Meanwhile, North Korea’s state-run media said Trump’s infamous tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than leader Kim Jong Un’s is the ‘spasm of a lunatic’.

Rodong Sinmun, the ruling party newspaper, lashed out at Trump in a commentary on Tuesday that took issue with the US president’s January 3 tweet that ‘I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!’

‘The spasm of Trump in the new year reflects the desperate mental state of a loser who failed to check the vigorous advance of the army and people of the DPRK,’ the Rodong Sinmun commentary said, using the acronym for North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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