President Donald Trump could be sending B-52 nuclear bombers to the Korean peninsula as an arms race with Kim Jong Un’s North Korea intensifies, news outlets were reporting Thursday.
The news came just days after Pyongyang launched four ballistic missiles 600 miles into the Sea of Japan, just at the beginning of annual military exercises involving American and South Korea naval, land and air forces known as Foal Eagle.
According to the Korea Times, a U.S. military official said the B-52 and B-1B strategic bombers at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam may coordinate with the South Korean forces as part of the Foal Eagle exercises.
Previously, Trump had warned the Kim government that there would be “dire consequences” if North Korea continued its missile test provocations. The Kim government has said that its missile launches were training for a strike on U.S. bases in Japan, according to The Washington Post.
On Wednesday, according to Korea Times, Pyongyang’s North Korean Central News Agency reported that the North Korean dictator had stressed “a need for preparation for a fight” during his visit to an army unit tasked with defending Pyongyang, adding that he had listed guidelines to strike South Korea and the U.S. “mercilessly.”
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke on the phone to his South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo, saying that Washington remained “steadfast in its commitment” to Seoul.
That commitment is coming in the form of advanced, and if necessary nuclear, technology that promises to make good on the promise of “dire consequences” should North Korea attack.
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is on its way to join the Foal Eagle exercise, joining 300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel. The Carl Vinson was carrying “24 F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, 10 S-3 Viking anti-submarine aircraft, four EA-6B Prowler tactical jamming aircraft and four E-2 Hawkeye early-warning planes,” according to the Daily Mail.
After North Korea’s missile launch, the United Nations Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss additional security measures. Pyongyang is barred from the use of ballistic missile technology and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Twitter that the world “won’t allow” North Korea to continue on its “destructive path.”
Things are getting real, but thankfully we have a president in the Oval Office who is up to the task.
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