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    Rising Tensions: US Deploys Three B-2 Strategic Bombers to Asia Pacific

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    The United States has deployed three B-2 Spirit strategic bombers to the Asia Pacific on Tuesday, US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) announced in a Wednesday press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Tensions in the Asia Pacific have been on the rise in recent weeks as North Korea reportedly put its nuclear weapons on high alert, threatening a preemptive nuclear strike against US and South Korean forces.

    "Recent events demonstrate the continued need to provide consistent and credible air power throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," US Pacific Air Forces Commander General Lori Robinson said.

    Robinson noted that the deployment of strategic bombers ensure the US ability "to project power at a time and place of our choosing," and also improve interoperability with regional allies and partners.

    The US and South Korean militaries are engaged in a major military drill on the Korean Peninsula.

    Moreover, the United States has also been carrying out "freedom of navigation operations" in the South China Sea, actions that have been condemned by China.

    STRATCOM routinely conducts bomber missions and deployed earlier in March B-52 nuclear bombers to Europe.

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