Rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have inspired a deliberate and deafening show of force on the Korean Peninsula this weekend.
Kim Jong Un’s dreams of striking the U.S. mainland with an atomic device took an enormous step forward this week as the reclusive nation test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts believe could reach as far as Denver, Colorado. Given the “supreme” leader’s penchant for threatening to nuke the American mainland, two ICBM tests in one month has the U.S. military rightfully on edge.
With a North Korean conflict nearly visible over the horizon, the United States is looking to do a bit of posturing in the region, to remind Kim Jong Un exactly what he would be up against. That’s why the Air Force today sent supersonic B-1 bombers to buzz the Korean Peninsula, escorted by South Korean fighter jets.
“The B-1 bombers were escorted by South Korean fighter jets as they performed a low-pass over an air base near the South Korean capital of Seoul before returning to the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.
“The US Air Force said the mission was a response to consecutive ICBM tests by Kim this month.
“Analysts say flight data from the second test conducted Friday night showed that a broader part of mainland America, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of Pyongyang’s weapons.
“’North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,’ said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander.
“’Diplomacy remains the lead. However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario.’”
In reality, diplomatic options were few and far between early in the conflict, and now have completely exhausted themselves.
President Trump will be required to act on North Korea within the year…likely earlier. With China unable to reel Kim in, and Russia threatening the United States over the possibility of war in North Korea, the situation has become wildly complicated.