President Donald Trump has reportedly sent B-52 nuclear bombers, as well as other assets, to South Korea. This move is in response to North Korea’s recent escalation of aggression towards its neighbors, South Korea and Japan. Both countries are allies of the United States.
The decision to send over bombers was partially made as a show of brute force. It is intended to indicate to the North Korean regime that the civilized world is fed up with Pyongyang’s dangerous missile tests and threats of destruction to other nations.
The United States has deployed other strategic assets to the region, as well. These assets include nuclear powered aircraft carriers carrying dozens of fighter jets, and guided missile cruisers and destroyers. In addition, F-35B stealth fighter jets, which are capable of evading anti-aircraft radar and conducting preemptive military strikes, have been made available.
Referring to comments from Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said, “He further emphasized that any attack on the United States or its allies will be defeated and any use of nuclear weapons well be met with a response that is effective and overwhelming.”
While all of this is happening, the US and South Korea have been conducting their annual military exercise, known as Foal Eagle. The military exercise alone is a source of irritation to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, who considers the exercise a threat of invasion. According to reports, Kim Jong-un has indicated that recent events call for “a need for preparation for a fight.”
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