In a rare show of strength, President Trump set warplanes to a point just off the coast of North Korea but still over international boundaries to remind Kim Jong-Un that the United States has many options at its disposal. These are advantages that North Korea couldn’t possibly hope for.
It would be very easy for the United States to invade the country, with both Japan and South Korea accommodating the US as launch points for an attack on the nation itself. North Korea has no capability to launch attacks on the US. Kim Jong Un is a one trick pony with his missiles.
The rare predawn flight came amid heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington and follows a North Korean threat to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.
Dana White, chief Pentagon spokeswoman, said in a statement Saturday that U.S. B-1 bomber and F-15 fighter jets launched from airfields in the region and flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea.
“This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat,” White said. “North Korea’s weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community.”
The Pentagon issued several photos of the sleek fighter and bomber jets streaking across the darkened sky toward the Korean Peninsula.
While the U.S. military routinely conducts such missions in response to North Korean missile and nuclear tests, this flight was the “farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft [has] flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take [North Korea’s] reckless behavior,” White said.
The Demilitarized Zone is a section of land that separates North and South Korea, which prevents the two countries from being able to stand on the border within spitting distance of each other. North Korean spokesmen are blasting the United States and calling Donald Trump a megalomaniac. No doubt many Democrats will side with Kim. They always seem to pick the Communists over America.
Trump gave a preview of things to come when he spoke at the United Nations.
Trump also used his first address to the United Nations to threaten to “totally destroy” North Korea.
The inflammatory statements were not in a draft of the speech that several senior officials had earlier reviewed and vetted, The Times reported.
Kim lashed back at Trump in a rare personal statement Thursday, calling Trump “a mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and a “gangster” who had to be tamed “with fire.”
The same day, Trump announced new U.S. sanctions against other countries, foreign businesses and individuals that do business with North Korea, a move likely to primarily affect China, Pyongyang’s largest trading partner.
The sanctions were in response to North Korea’s underground test this month of what was believed to be a hydrogen bomb and the nation’s continued ballistic missile tests, several of which have involved missiles fired over northern Japan.
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