US deploys 3 B-2 stealth bombers to Guam in message to North Korea

The U.S. Air Force announced it has deployed three nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers and 200 air personnel to Guam — sending a strong signal to North Korea just a few days after its talks with South Korea. 

The B-2s join a number of B-1 conventional bombers already deployed on the Pacific island. 

It is unclear how long the B-2s will stay at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. 

“The bomber deployment is part of an ongoing planned deployment that affects not only the Korean Peninsula, but also a broader alliance structure in the Pacific,” said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. about the decision to deploy the bombers to Guam — the delay of joint training with the South Koreans.

“You’d be wrong if you viewed a bomber deployment in a single lens of what it means to the Korean Peninsula. It affects allies across the Pacific,” he added.

“So when we begin to talk de-confliction of activities more directly related to the peninsula, there’s where you could see why we would have chosen to de-conflict and adjust the timing of some of those activities because of the Olympics and the Paralympics,” McKenzie said.

The Air Force last sent a lone B-2 bomber to Guam in October, but only for a few hours as part of a long-range training mission from its home base in Missouri.  

The last time the U.S. sent three of the stealth bombers to Guam was January 2017.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews