(CBS NEWS) The United States military made the rare announcement Thursday that it had flown two of its most advanced bombers in an “extended deterrence mission” all the way from Missouri to the Korean Peninsula, where they dropped inert dummy bombs, in a move clearly aimed at warning North Korea against further provocations.

A statement released by United States Forces Korea said the sortie by the two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers “demonstrates the United States’ ability to conduct long range, precision strikes quickly and at will.”

A senior defense official told CBS Radio News correspondent Cami McCormick the B-2 flights were, “intended to demonstrate very clearly the resolve of the United States to deter against aggression on the Korean Peninsula, and our strong commitment to the U.S. alliance with South Korea.”

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