The US is set to reinforce its military deployment in South Korea, as it plans to send 16 extra F-16 fighter jets and 200 military personnel to Kunsan Air Base, some 180km south of Seoul.
The four-month long deployment comes in the wake of heightened tensions in the area, prompted by a string of missile tests by North Korea.
South Korea and the US have been conducting joined military exercises in recent days, in a clear show of force to the Pyongyang regime.
The exercises called for two supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers to fly over South Korean airspace.
The Rockwell B-1B is a heavy, long-range bomber, and one of the cornerstones of the US’ strategic bombing fleet, along with the B-2 Spirit and the B-52 Stratofortress.
The aircraft carries the largest payload in the entire US Air Force, and first saw action in 1998.