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In this photo released by Japan Air Self Defense Force, U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers, top, fly with a Japan Air Self Defense Force F-2 fighter jet over Japan's southern island of Kyushu, just south of the Korean Peninsula, during a Japan-U.S. joint exercise Sunday, July 30, 2017. Japan's Defense Ministry reported the U.S. supersonic bombers flown from the Anderson Air Force Base in Guam conducted a joint exercise with South Korean Air Force over the Korean Peninsula later in the day. The U.S. Pacific Air Forces said in a statement that the mission was a response to consecutive intercontinental ballistic missile tests by North Korea this month. (Japan Air Self Defense Force via AP)

U.S. bombers flew over the Korean peninsula after North Korea's latest missile test


In an effort to show force, the United States flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula Sunday after North Korea said it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) just a few days earlier, U.S. and south Korean Air Forces said, Reuters reported.

The flight was a direct response to the missile test, as well as the previous test on July 3, according to a U.S. statement. The bombers took off from the U.S. air base in Guam.

"North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability," Pacific Air Forces commander General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy said in the statement, according to Reuters. "If called upon, we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal, and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing."

North Korea's launch of the ICBM was personally supervised by their leader King Jong Un and was broadcasted on the country's state television. North Korea's official KCNA news agency said the launch was a "stern warning" to the U.S.

China is North Korea's main ally and has disapproved of North Korea's missile tests in the past, but in a statement Saturday China's foreign ministry said, "At the same time, China hopes all parties act with caution, to prevent tensions from continuing to escalate," Reuters reported.

President Donald Trump has previously expressed on Twitter that the U.S. and China are working together against North Korea, tweeting in April, "Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem? We will see what happens!."

But on Saturday night, Trump tweeted his disappointment in China's actions so far regarding their continued trade agreement with North Korea.

"I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet..." Trump said on Twitter. "...they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve the problem!" he continued.

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