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The 2020 presidential election continues to grip America this morning, with the outcome yet to be declared. Amid the tension, the US military has carried out a show of force by deploying bomber jets to suppress any potential provocations.
The US military sent the B-1B fighter bomber back to the East Sea ahead of November 3 – election day in the States.
The B-1B jet is a long-range, supersonic conventional bomber, which has served the United States Air Force since 1985.
The operation is aimed at blocking the possibility of North Korea capitalising on the distraction caused by the US election.
The B-1B bomber was spotted landing at the Misawa base in Japan, which sits opposite North Korea’s Sinpo base.
The jet was accompanied by a Boeing EA-18G Growler, an electric warfare aircraft.
The move by the US military has been interpreted as a show of strength to suppress provocations from North Korea.
It comes after the hermit state unveiled new missile capabilities during its military parade on October 10.
The new missiles came as a surprise, as they were much larger than previously thought, and included a new solid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
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North Korea typically carries out a number of affronts during the lead up to US elections.
Previously the hermit state has insulted heads of state, called out individual lawmakers and suggested US voters back a particular candidate.
In the lead up to the 2016 election, state media heaped praise on Donald Trump, describing him as a “wise politician” and a “far-sighted candidate”.
By contrast, the editorial in DPRK Today referred to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as “dull”.
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Analysis by nonpartisan think tank the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has found North Korea averaged a provocative act within 4.5 weeks before or after a midterm or presidential election within a 64-year span.
The study looked at affronts made by Kim Jung-Un’s state over the course of 32 elections since 1956.
Victor Cha, the National Security Council’s former top Asia official commented on the findings, and suggested North Korea carries out provocations to strengthen their own position.
He said: “It’s typical North Korean tactics to try to negotiate from a position of strength.
“By carrying out provocations, they put themselves in the position of being asked to walk down from the crisis.”
The commentator also said he expects North Korea will prefer a Trump victory in the current presidential election.
He said: “I’m sure they like Trump. Trump met with their leader three times and says nice things about their leader.
“And they probably see Biden as a continuation of President Barack Obama — and they did not like that administration.”
Mr Cha predicted that provocations from North Korea could be ramped up Joe Biden wins the election.
He said: “It’s possible that North Korea will carry out provocations to try to force the administration to deal with them right away.”
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