One day after North Korea’s latest missile crossed over Japan and fell into the sea off its coast, the US/South Korea air forces put on an absolutely “terrifying” show of force just below the North Korean border.
South Korean F-15K fighter jets dropped MK-82 bombs at a simulated mountain targets at the Pilseung Range in the eastern province of Gangwon, right on the North Korean border.
In addition, a US Air Force B1-B bomber dropped an MK-84 bomb. The impressive live fire demonstration was just a part of the show of force over the Korean peninsula.
Four US F-35B fighter jets joined two nuclear-ready US B-1B bombers and four South Korean F-15 fighter jets in the joint military operation over the troubled Korean Peninsula.”
The two B1-B bombers flew out of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, and were escorted by a pair of Japanese F-15s and four US Marine F-35B fighter jets based in Japan.
A South Korean official said the joint exercise is intended to “strongly counter North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile tests and development of nuclear weapons.”
The stepped up military presence backs up a recent tweet from President Trump that indicates military options definitely remain on the table regarding North Korea.
The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!”
In addition to the tough talk, the United States is pushing the United Nations to go beyond its current sanctions against North Korea. US Ambassador Nikki Haley has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, a request supported by South Korea and Japan.
Recently, the US has carried out bomber flights over the Korean peninsula to demonstrate its reach and capability. The live fire bombing drills are clearly an escalation designed to intimidate Kim Jong-un, who seems immune to such pressure up to this point.
Kim seems particularly fixated on Guam as a potential staging base for a US invasion of North Korea. He recently made threats of a first strike on Guam, calling on his generals to draw up plans for such a move.
He backed off after the UN increased economic sanctions, but still keeps up his belligerent rhetoric.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency said its latest missile launch was “a meaningful prelude to containing Guam,” which it then called the “advanced base of invasion” for US forces.
The war of words continues, but it’s been joined by increasing shows of military force on both sides that are putting the world more on edge.
Source: The Sun