The United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula Sunday in the latest provocative move against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
In a response to the DPRK's successful test launch Friday of its Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, the strategic bombers were accompanied by Japanese and South Korean jets, the Pentagon said.
The aggressive overflight came amid belligerent tweets from Washington, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley Sunday tweeting that the United States was "done talking" about the DPRK.
“If the Yankees brandish the nuclear stick on this land again despite our repeated warnings, we will clearly teach them manners with the nuclear strategic force which we had shown them one by one,” said DPRK leader Kim Jong Un following the successful test launch, according to Pyongyang's Rodong Sinmun official news outlet.
The Hwasong-14, named after the Korean word for Mars, reached an altitude of 2,314.6 miles and 620 miles for 47 minutes and 12 seconds before landing in the waters off the Korean peninsula's east coast, Pyongyang noted.
China's foreign ministry noted Saturday that it opposes the further militarization of the region and hopes the contending parties act with caution and prevent the continued escalation of tensions.
Early in his presidency, President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, ebulliently expressing the hope that he could recruit Beijing to the United States' anti-DPRK cause and convince China to help subdue Pyongyang.
But on Saturday, Trump said on Twitter that he was "very disappointed in China" which he said profits from trade with the United States but does "NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue," he said.
Security experts warn that U.S. attempts to pressure the DPRK through military threats and displays of force alone can't solve the crisis, which can only be defused through dialogue and consultation.