Tensions continue to rise between the West and North Korea
The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, a special purpose US plane, made an “emergency sortie” over the Sea of Japan, a government source confirmed.
Nuclear-sniffer planes are used to detect and identify radioactive debris in the aftermath of a nuclear weapon test.
The plane arrived at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, two weeks ago amid mounting tensions between the US and Kim Jong-un’s hermit state.
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The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, a special purpose US plane, made an “emergency sortie” over the Sea of Japan
The news follows weeks of escalating pressure in the region, with the US vice president Mike Pence recently announcing the slightest attack will be “met with an overwhelming response”.
The US military said the aircraft operates on a pre-planned rotation that is scheduled well in advance.
Meanwhile Punggye-ri nuclear test site is reportedly “primed and ready” for another nuclear test.
North Korea has said it would be ready for war with the US
During the recent Day of the Sun parade in the capital, North Korea flexed its military muscle with a flamboyant show of aggression.
The country displayed a number of new long-range and submarine-based missiles during the bizarre annual parade that marks the birth of the hermit state’s founding father.
President Donald Trump tweeted he could have "no choice" but to act if the disgraced country fails to halt its nuclear testing programme.
North Korea recently flexed its military muscle in a bizarre parade
But North Korea said said it would continue to test nuclear missiles monthly and the US could face "all out war" if president Trump and his government were "reckless enough to use military means".
US military drills are continuing near the Korean Peninsula and the deployment of the American THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea, while president Trump has threatened to “take care” of the North Korean “problem”.