(SEOUL, South Korea) — The U.S. sent two B-2 stealth bombers from Missouri to South Korea and back on Thursday in an effort to show that the United States is committed to defending the Asian country.
In a statement, the military said the 13,000-mile round trip demonstrated “the United States’ ability to conduct long range, precision strikes quickly and at will.”
The two flights were part of the ongoing Foal Eagle training exercise, the military drills being conducted between the U.S. and South Korea.
The stealth bombers dropped “inert munitions on the Jik Do Range” before returning to Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, the military said.
The deterrence mission came one day after North Korea announced it would cut its military hotline to the South.
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Ray Sanchez, Zayn Nabbi, Euan McKirdy and Angela Dewan, CNN
Samantha Beech, CNN
Eliza Mackintosh, CNN
Joe Sterling and Darran Simon, CNN