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U.S. runs a stealth bomber test in South Korea

Tension on the Korean Peninsula is on the rise, as North Korea continues to be upset with U.S. military drills there and the U.S. conducted a new test Thursday.
(ABC/WSYR-TV) -- Tension on the Korean Peninsula is on the rise, as North Korea continues to be upset with U.S. military drills there and the U.S. conducted a new test Thursday.

On Thursday came a rare admission from the Pentagon that the U.S. military flexed its muscles.

Officials say a pair of B-2 stealth bombers -- capable of launching nuclear-armed cruise missiles -- ran a drill over the Korean Peninsula.

The show of force comes as tensions rise in the region, with North Korea threatening to attack South Korea and the U.S.

“In the face of the Bellicose rhetoric and threats that have been emanating from the North Koreans is that we stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies in South Korea,” White House Spokesman Josh Earnest told ABC News.

The bombers dropped non-explosive munitions on a South Korean island hours after North Korea cut off all military communications with South Korea.

“Cutting off communications entirely does escalate it to a level that we haven’t seen. Now, we’re wondering: What next?” said Joel Rubin with Ploughshares Fund.

The communist nation is fuming about joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea and efforts by the UN to punish the country for its nuclear test last month.

Analysts say North Korea may not have nuclear missile capability, but it has the technology to place explosives on missiles. Not taking any chances, the Pentagon plans to beef up defenses on the West Coast and Alaska.

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