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The United States flew two B-52 strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons for a rare joint mission with Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force in the skies near North Korea in August, the U.S. Air Force confirmed Wednesday.

“Two U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress’ assigned to 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, flew from Barksdale to conduct training with two Koku-Jieitai (Air Self-Defense Force) F-15 fighter jets over the Sea of Japan, Aug. 22, 2017,” U.S. Pacific Air Forces spokeswoman Lt. Col. Lori Hodge told The Japan Times in an email.

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