The US has been quietly amassing firepower in the Pacific during a lull in tensions with North Korea, but recent developments on an under-the-radar nuclear weapon suggest preparation for a potential tactical nuclear strike. The US recently¬†sent B-2 stealth bombers to Guam, where they joined B-1 and B-52s, the other bombers in the US’s fleet. While the B-2 and B-52 are known as the air leg of the US’s nuclear triad, as they carry nuclear-capable air-launched cruise missiles, a smaller nuclear weapon that has undergone some upgrades may lend itself to a strike on North Korea.


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The B-61, a tactical nuclear gravity bomb that the B-2 can carry 16 of, has been modified in recent years to¬†increase its accuracy and ability to hit underground targets, though that version has not yet been deployed. Not only will the B-61’s new modification make it ideal for destroying dug-in bunkers, the kind in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might hide during a conflict, but it has an adjustable nuclear yield that could limit harmful radioactive fallout after a nuclear attack. READ MORE