>> B1 bombers tearing through South Korean skies on Tuesday, a show of American strength and solidarity with ally Seoul as tensions spike after North Korea's fifth and largest nuclear test last week. Both bombers frying with fighter jets escorts close to the border with the North. And as Reuters Seoul Bureau Chief Tony Monroe reports, these aren't just token flybys.
>> The B1B bomber is an especially fearsome weapon. It can travel at supersonic speed. It is capable of delivering nuclear weapons, it is a fearsome piece of hardware. The US has sent strategic military assets to the Korean Peninsula in the past when North Korea has made provocations. They had a similar flyover in January, after North Korea conducted its last nuclear test.
And yes, this does irritate North Korea and we can expect some harsh rhetoric from the North.>> Meanwhile, the US Special Envoy on North Korea Sung Kim is in Seoul Tuesday saying America hopes to work with China to tighten sanctions and to bring the North back to the table for talks with a big condition.
>> Reviving the six party talks which have been on hold for about eight years looks challenging in that the US demands that North Korea commit to denuclearization before it sits down to negotiations. North Korea is not willing to do that, and that's a big reason why there is a current impasse diplomatically.
>> South Korea says Pyongyang is already prepped for another nuclear test, which could happen at anytime. While the North claims it's mastered the art of mounting a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile. If that's true, it's a weapons benchmark that this year's harsh UN sanctions have been powerless to prevent.