In preparation for the real thing, President Donald Trump deployed two American B-1B bombers to the Korean Peninsula to practice their “attack capabilities.”
It’s the latest show of force following North Korea’s first-ever successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this week.
It was a joint exercise – featuring U.S. F-16 fighters as well as South Korean fighter jets and comes one day after Trump in Warsaw said he was considering “some pretty severe things” in response to North Korea’s latest provocation.
During the drill, two B-1B bombers few from Andersen Air Base in Guam to the Korean Peninsula where they released “dummy bombs” on an Air Force training range in South Korea, 90 miles south of the demilitarized zone, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. The bombers then flew – escorted by Japanese F-2 fighter jets – over the East China Sea before returning to Guam.
The Trump Administration has been making overt gestures of force in response to increased tensions on the peninsula. Despite pleas from the international community and not-so-veiled threats from President Trump, Kim Jong-Un’s regime seems determined to continue their testing until they have a viable ICBM capable of delivering a nuclear strike on the U.S. homeland.
The test of their latest weapon shows it has the ability to reach as far as Alaska.
Back in April, Trump sent several carrier strike groups to the region to underscore Washington’s commitment to our allies like Japan and South Korea.
Trump has tried to persuade the Chinese – North Korea’s only trading partner – to get the North to stop their provocative actions, but Trump essentially conceded that his attempts have failed.
Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2017
“Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40% in the first quarter. So much for China working with us – but we had to give it a try!” he Tweeted on Wednesday.
The U.S. bombers and South Korean fighters “are just two of many lethal military options at our disposal,” said Lt. Gen. Thomas Bergeson, deputy commander of the U.S. military in South Korea.
“This mission clearly demonstrates the U.S.-ROK alliance remains prepared to use the full range of capabilities to defend and to preserve the security of the Korean Peninsula and region,” Lt. Gen. Bergeson added, using the acronym for South Korea’s formal name, the Republic of Korea.