On Friday, President Donald Trump embarks on a 12-day trip to Asia — his first major trip the region as president — and all eyes are on North Korea, and what Trump’s visit to South Korea will entail.
Ahead of Trump’s visit, a B-2 stealth bomber — capable of dropping nuclear weapons — flew over undisclosed parts of the Pacific over the weekend, Fox News reported.
While U.S. officials were tight-lipped about the reason for the flight, it’s pretty clear this was meant to send a signal to North Korea that the United States is ready for anything Pyongyang might be cooking up.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea have risen to levels not seen in decades, with each side upping the rhetoric on a weekly basis.
A statement released by the military stated that the B-2 run was to “familiarize aircrew with air bases and operations in different geographic combatant commands, enabling them to maintain a high state of readiness and proficiency.”
The statement also called the mission “a visible demonstration of commitment to our allies and enhancing regional security,” according to Japan Times.
Clearly, Trump wants to make sure that North Korea doesn’t try anything stupid while he is in Asia, and he is hoping that a show of force will be enough to deter it.
Reuters noted that also over the weekend, Secretary of State James Mattis was in South Korea and issued a stern warning to North Korea that the United States will have no compunction about dealing with the North Korean dictatorship in the event of hostilities.
“Make no mistake, any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated,” Mattis declared.
“And any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response that is both effective and overwhelming,” he said.
Trump has repeatedly vowed that under his watch, North Korea will not be allowed to develop a nuclear-armed missile.
So far, North Korea has made significant strides towards that goal during Trump’s first few months in office.
CNBC noted that this trip should help solidify our relationship with South Korea.
There has been some tension as many in South Korea have feared that the United States will start a unilateral war with North Korea — at the expense of South Korean civilians.
Trump has very few options left when dealing with North Korea — something his military leaders have made very clear to him.
Diplomacy has been tried with North Korea, and it has failed time and time again.
No one wants a war to break out, but at the end of the day, military force may be the only thing that could stop the rogue regime from acquiring the capability of hitting the United States with a nuclear weapon.
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