The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea.
Two United States B-1 supersonic bombers flew with South Korean and Japanese aircraft in a clear show of force directed at the North Korean regime.
Also on Tuesday, Trump received a briefing on military options available to him from Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford.
“(The briefing) focused on a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons,” the two men stated.
The planes conducted a simulation of an air-to-ground missile attack in the waters off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, then flew over South Korea and did the same thing on the west side.
Clearly Trump and his generals aren’t going to let North Korea’s threats dictate what America will or will not do. This flight sent a powerful message to the North Korean regime that we aren’t afraid of its empty threats.
Reuters noted that the B-1 bombers took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam — a place that Kim has threatened to fire missiles if things should escalate further.
Trump heard North Korea’s threats to shoot down our aircraft, and he called their bluff in a very public way. North Korea can talk all they want, but at the end of the day actions mean a lot more than posturing words.
Maybe next time, North Korea should think before they speak. They aren’t dealing with President Barack Obama anymore. They are dealing with a man who won’t hesitate to stand up to tyrants and thugs who threaten our great nation.
China’s influential Global Times tabloid expressed alarm at how far the rhetoric on both sides had gone and how it had increased the risk of a “fatal misjudgment”.
“The international community won’t accept North Korea as a nuclear power. North Korea needs time and proof to believe that abandoning its nuclear program will contribute to its own political and economic advantage. This positive process is worth a try,” the paper said in an editorial late on Tuesday.
“War would be a nightmare for the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions. We strongly urge North Korea and the U.S. to stop their bellicose posturing and seriously think about a peaceful solution,” it said.