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South Korea says U.S. strategic bombers flew over Korean peninsula in joint drill

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FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber (R) flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, September 13, 2016.Kim Hong-Ji/File photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - Two U.S. B-1B bombers were deployed over the Korean peninsula on Monday during a joint drill with South Korea's air force, South Korea's ministry said.

South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a briefing that the deployment of U.S. bombers was part of efforts to deter provocation by North Korea and respond to threats posed by the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

Moon did not give any further details.

Reporting by Ju-min Park and Jack Kim; Editing by Paul Tait

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