U.S. Bombers Carry Out Exercise in South Korea in Show of Force to North

It would seem that all the saber rattling is nonsense.

 

Each side and those potentially involved know what the other has in the way of military hardware and assets.

President Trump wants this situation resolved, unfortunately perhaps through his inexperience he went with the U.N. Security Council on this issue when we would have done far better going through NATO.

For its part, the U.N is so corrupt and poorly organized they would just slow any meaningful discussions down(Source)

 

It’s particularly difficult dealing with North Korea’s Boy Leader, Kim Jong Un

N.Y. TIMES

Jul 8 2017,

 

A B-1B Lancer drops cluster munitions. The B-1B uses radar and inertial navigation equipment enabling aircrews to globally navigate, update mission profiles and target coordinates in-flight, and precision bomb without the need for ground-based navigation aids. (U.S. Air Force photo)

SEOUL, South Korea — 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.

“South Korea and U.S. air forces will immediately respond to enemy provocation in any form anytime and anywhere,” South Korean air force operational commander Lieutenant-General Won In Chu told reporters in a text message.

On Tuesday, North Korea fired a “two-stage” ICBM that the U.S. had never before seen used by Pyongyang, a missile Defense Department officials believe is capable of traveling 3,500 miles.

 

 

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber (top) flies with South Korean jets during a joint live fire drill on July 7, 2017. South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images

 

The launch by the self-declared nuclear regime was condemned by the United States and others.

It was the first time North Korea had successfully tested an ICBM. The United States condemned the move, firing warning missiles and vowing to hold the regime accountable at the United Nations.

 

Friday’s show of force by the U.S. differed from those in the past in that it involved inert weapons dropped at Pilsung Range and was carried out as a specific response to this week’s missile tests, the two U.S. officials said. Other displays had been planned long in advance.

 

As the Lancer bombers returned to Guam, they were joined by Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighter jets over the East China Sea, Pacific Command said.

 

See the entire article below.

 

 

Although North Korea is barred under a U.N. resolution from firing ballistic missiles, it routinely does so, saying its arsenal is a necessary tool to defend itself from the United States. The country has conducted five nuclear weapons tests since 2006, with two last year alone.

 

If the ICBM type tested by North Korea on Tuesday is capable of traveling 3,500 miles, that range means it could be able to reach Alaska.

 

Earlier Friday, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said it would conduct a test of an anti-missile system based in Kodiak, Alaska in July. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system will be used to detect, track and engage a target with an interceptor, Missile Command said. A date of the test was not announced.

 

 

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