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Trump admin deploys B1-B bombers to Korean Peninsula
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North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un must finally be getting the message — America has a new sheriff, and he’s nothing like the old one.
The United States deployed one more piece of hardware to this year’s annual military exercises with South Korea. As tensions mount between the U.S. and North Korea, the United States added B-1B bombers to the mix.
U.S. B-1B bombers to fly over Korean peninsula, Yonhap reports https://t.co/kO5QMzVgfn
No more Mr. Nice Guy
North Korea has recently stepped up the testing of nuclear devices and the firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Past administrations, beginning with that of former President Bill Clinton, reacted to such saber-rattling diplomatically.
President Donald Trump has added muscle to the talks, in the form of a Rockwell B-1B Lancer bomber.
The bomber flew from the Pacific U.S.-administered territory of Guam and joined U.S. F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters in the annual exercises, which run until Friday. The drills come a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States, as part of a weapons program that it has conducted in defiance of international sanctions and condemnation.
The deployment of the bomber didn’t go unnoticed. The People’s Republic of China, the North Korean regime’s most important benefactor, commented on the move at a recent news briefing.
“We hope relevant parties can maintain restraint and not do anything to add tensions on the Korean peninsula,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said when asked about the flight.
Trump has been working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to exert pressure on the Kim regime in an effort to reduce its militaristic activities.
In addition to the testing, they include regular threats to obliterate South Korea, the United States, and Japan.
KCNA, North Korea’s official news service, denounced the annual military exercises last weekend, claiming that they demonstrated that the Trump administration was “begging for nuclear war.” The addition of the B-1B added fuel. Reuters reported:
KCNA said on Tuesday that the exercises in which the bomber took part are “simulating an all-out war”, including drills to “strike the state leadership and nuclear and ballistic rocket bases, air fields, naval bases and other major objects…”
In reply to North Korea’s most recent ballistic missile test, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, delivered a stern warning to the regime, stating that if war breaks out between our two countries, North Korea “will be utterly destroyed.”
She added, “The dictator of North Korea made a choice yesterday that brings the world closer to war, not farther from it.”
Fearing that hostilities are inevitable, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, urged the Pentagon to move spouses and families of U.S. military personnel deployed in South Korea out of the region.
One way or the other, the rogue nation is finally be getting the message. The United States isn’t going to be bullied.
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