While most of us have had our focus on the natural disasters plaguing the nation, President Trump hasn’t stopped dealing with the man made problems that lie at our doorstep. The entire country has been waiting for months to see what will be the end result of the threats made by North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and his army of oppressed people. He has pushed the world to take sides, and in many cases, they have, and not to North Korea’s advantage.
Kim Jong-un may not remember that this isn’t our first time picking teams for an international power struggle, and the winners are always the ones that side with us. Despite that, the tiny dictator isn’t backing down, claiming that they will go to war, regardless of whether they have a chance of winning. Even with the people of North Korea staring down the barrel of certain starvation, the leaders continue to pour its money into weapons of war.
Since they’ve issued an ultimatum, the United States has decided to oblige them. After their most recent tests, U.S. bombers joined the South Korean fighters to practice live fire drills in anticipation of the much-taunted conflict. The United States wasn’t looking to get involved in a fight, but if North Korea wants to start a war, they can be sure that we’ll finish it.
Via Daily Mail:
“The United States deployed cutting-edge stealth jets and long range bombers for military drills with South Korea on Thursday, in a clear warning to North Korea following their ballistic missile launch earlier this week.
North Korea hates such displays of U.S. military might along the Korean peninsula and will likely respond with fury.
Two U.S. B-1B supersonic bombers and four F-35B stealth fighter jets joined four South Korean F-15 fighters in live-fire exercises at a military field in eastern South Korea.
The training mission simulated precision strikes against the North’s ‘core facilities,’ according to the U.S. Pacific Command and South Korea’s Defense Ministry.
The B-1Bs were flown in from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam while the F-35Bs came from a U.S. base in Iwakuni, Japan.
The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning to North Korea. Above, two U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighter jets participating in the live-fire drill
Two U.S. B-1B supersonic bombers and four F-35B stealth fighter jets joined four South Korean F-15 fighters in live-fire exercises at a military field in eastern South Korea that simulated precision strikes against the North’s ‘core facilities’
The North, which claims Washington has long threatened Pyongyang by flaunting the powerful U.S. nuclear arsenal, describes the long-range B-1Bs as ‘nuclear strategic bombers’ although the United States no longer arms them with nuclear weapons.
The dueling military displays open up the risk that things will get worse as each side seeks to show it won’t be intimidated.
North Korea has made it clear that it sees its weapons program, which demands regular testing to perfect, as the only way to contest decades of U.S. hostility, by which it means the huge U.S. military presence in South Korea, Japan and the Pacific.
Washington, in turn, seeks with its joint drills with Seoul and bomber flights to show that it will not be pushed from its traditional role of supremacy in the region. More missile tests, more bomber flyovers and three angry armies facing each other across the world’s most heavily armed border raises the possibility that a miscalculation could lead to real fighting.
The U.S. Pacific Command said the exercises were conducted in direct response to North Korea’s recent missile launch. Over the course of a 10-hour mission, the B-1Bs, F-35Bs and two Japanese F-15 fighters first flew together over waters near Kyushu, Japan.
The U.S. and South Korean warplanes then flew across the Korean Peninsula and participated in the live-fire training before returning to their respective home stations, according to the Pacific Command.
‘North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly,’ Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, said in a statement.
‘This complex mission clearly demonstrates our solidarity with our allies and underscores the broadening cooperation to defend against this common regional threat. Our forward-deployed force will be the first to the fight, ready to deliver a lethal response at a moment’s notice if our nation calls.’
In Beijing, North Korea’s ally China warned that war is not an option in finding a solution to Pyongyang’s growing nuclear capabilities.
Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Ren Guoqiang told reporters that all parties should exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that escalate tension.
The bombing exercise came as the United States and South Korea wrapped up their annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military drills that involved tens of thousands of soldiers. North Korea condemns the annual U.S.-South Korea war games as rehearsals for an invasion and described Tuesday’s launch over Japan as a countermeasure against the drills. Washington and Seoul faced calls to postpone or downsize this year’s drills.”