The days of Kim Jong Un’s wild threats against the United States are coming to an end, if recent military maneuvers by the U.S. are any indication.
For decades, the North Korean dictatorship has openly called for the complete and total annihilation of the United States. Most often, the west coast of America is portrayed in Pyongyang’s propaganda as being decimated by a battery of thermonuclear weapons launched from the North Korean mainland. While there is little doubt that Kim Jong Un and company do possess some nuclear weapons, until recently, the world had great doubt about just how the diminutive dictator would deliver them to California or Alaska.
Now, after the first ever successful test of an ICBM manufactured by the North Koreans, the United States has been forced to take this threat much more seriously, especially given the escalating tensions between the U.S. and DPRK in the months since Donald Trump took office. Now, the U.S. military is sending a fairly clear message to Kim, with training runs of fighter jets and American bombers passing right over the DMZ.
“Two U.S. B-1B bombers and American and South Korean fighter jets on Friday conducted an exercise that included practicing attack capabilities at a training range, in a show of force to North Korea days after that regime tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
“U.S. Pacific Command said the Lancer bombers took off from an air base in Guam and ‘practiced attack capabilities by releasing inert weapons at the Pilsung Range.’“The Pilsung Range is well inside South Korean territory, but local media reported that the bombers also flew close to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two countries although they did not enter the zone or cross any demarcation lines.
“‘North Korea’s actions are a threat to our allies, partners and homeland,’ Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Terrence O’ Shaughnessy said in a statement. ‘Let me be clear, if called upon we are trained, equipped and ready to unleash the full lethal capability of our allied air forces.’
“Two U.S. officials said the show of force was intended to ‘send a clear message’ to North Korea, ruled by the dictator Kim Jong Un.”
President Donald Trump will have face quite a challenge in the impending military engagement between the U.S. and North Korea.
Kim Jong Un’s latest ICBM test only proved that the nation is capable of launching an intercontinental device – it added no veracity to North Korea’s claim that it can attach a nuclear warhead to said projectile. It is believed, however, that Kim could fairly easily strike South Korea or Japan with his existing technology, which is something that will surely be considered before the U.S. launches any military action against the DPRK.
The safety of our allies will be of the utmost importance in the Pentagon’s plans moving forward, however, it seems increasingly likely that the time for diplomacy with the despotic regime is over.