The US Air Force nuclear sniffer aircraft was dispatched Thursday towards the east sea of Korean Peninsula amid speculations about North Korea’s imminent bomb test.
Thursday's flight appears to be meant for checking whether the secretive communist nation has detonated a nuclear bomb, Yonhap reports.
"The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, a special-purpose US plane, made an emergency sortie today over the East Sea," the source told.
The WC-135 arrived at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, early this month. Its mission is to collect samples from the atmosphere in order to detect and identity a nuclear explosion.
It also tests operational readiness in the event of an actual provocation by the North, the source added.
South Korea's military said earlier the North seems all set to conduct what would be its sixth nuclear test at its Punggye-ri site in its northeastern region anytime on the leadership's decision.
The chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) on Wednesday asked his US counterpart to deploy strategic military assets to the Korean Peninsula in a bid to counter North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats, the military said. Gen
Two nuclear-capable US bombers flew over a military base in South Korea early Tuesday in a show of force meant to warn North Korea. The US and South Korea are taking measures to ward off the North after it tested a nuclear technology for the second time this year
North Korea has claimed that it has made miniature nuclear warheads enough to fit on ballistic missiles. At a meeting with nuclear scientists and technicians, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that his country has made a nuclear bomb lighter and achieved its "standardization," according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
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