Russia Deploys Nuclear Bombers To South Korea

Russia deploys nuclear capable bombers towards South Korea and Japan

Russia deployed two nuclear bombers towards South Korea and Japan on Thursday, amid rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear missile program.

Russia’s Defence Ministry confirmed in a statement that the Tupolev-95MS bombers, code named “Bears” by NATO, flew over the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea – accompanied by Russian Sukhoi-35S fighter jets and A-50 early warning and control aircraft.

Msn.com reports: It gave no details about the overall number of aircraft that had taken part in what it called a pre-arranged flight and did not say when or why the mission took place.

The TU-95MS bombers were refueled in mid-air during the mission, the ministry said.

During parts of the route, the bombers were escorted by South Korean and Japanese military jets, it added.

Russia, which shares a border with North Korea, has repeatedly voiced concerns about rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula caused by Pyongyang’s nuclear missile program, and has complained about Japan’s plans to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system on its soil.