If the United States intends to punish North Korea for continuing to develop nuclear warheads and the rockets to deliver them, it will likely be with 15-ton non-nuclear mega-bombs, The Daily Beast reported.
"If you want to know if, and when, the United States intends to attack North Korea, look to Missouri — and stealth bombers hauling massive, ground-penetrating bombs," The Daily Beast's David Axe wrote.
According to the outlet, the U.S. government has long been preparing to attack North Korea's most heavily protected military facilities to slow or halt its nuclear program.
The American plan involves long-range, radar-evading stealth bombers hauling gigantic, earth-penetrating bombs — bigger even than the 11-ton Massive Ordnance Air Blast, nick-named the "mother of all bombs," the U.S. military dropped last week in Afghanistan.
In 2004, the Pentagon began development of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a 15-ton conventional bomb specifically designed to collapse all but the deepest buried facilities in Iran and North Korea, The Daily Beast reported – and it was battle-ready by 2011.
Each of the Air Force's 20 B-2 stealth bombers based at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri can carry two of the 21-foot-long munitions, The Daily Beast reported.
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