With the ever-present threat of war between the US and North Korea, both sides are bound to take measures to prepare for conflict.
According to Daily Star, Trump has given the order to improve our defenses and possibly give us a nearby asset for an attack. He’s sent an aircraft carrier with 7,500 sailors and marines near the Korean peninsula.
The aircraft carrier is the USS Theodore Roosevelt; it’s a Nimitz-class warship costing $4.5 billion. Known as the “Big Stick,” its presence in the Korean peninsula will go a long way towards providing effective defense or offense should the occasion call for it.
The US military announced that the carrier will be operating in the Pacific and the Middle East carrying out security operations. The South Korean media declared that it was sent solely for defensive purposes.
In any case, the presence of the massive warship should help dissuade Kim Jong-un from launching another missile. According to a strike group commander on the ship, Admiral Steve Koehler, the USS Roosevelt is a force to be reckoned with.
In a statement before the weeks-long trip, he said, “The US Navy carrier strike group is the most versatile, capable force at sea. After nearly a year of training and integration exercises, the entire team is ready as a warfighting force and ready to carry out the nation’s tasking.”
The USS Roosevelt will be the second aircraft carrier operating in the region. At this time, the USS Ronald Reagan is already coordinating with the Japanese military in joint military exercises near Okinawa.
While the ship does provide a significant increase to defense in the area, it also acts as a strong show of force to dissuade any action by North Korea.
In addition to a greater sea presence, the US has also been increasing its air presence in the area, according to Daily Star. A reconnaissance plane equipped with radar used to detect ballistic missiles was seen flying near the sea of Japan.
This aircraft, often nicknamed a “nuke sniffer,” completed “regular deployment training” Tuesday night, according to military officials. Alongside it in the air were two B-1B bombers and three other aircraft.
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The activity in the area signifies how tense things have gotten between the two nations as Kim Jong-un continues testing his ballistic weapons and enhancing his nuclear arsenal. Before the planes took to the air, President Trump met with various US generals in the White House War Room to go over plans for the impending danger North Korea poses.
According to the Independent, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, has made increasing threats against the US on behalf of his leader, “With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us. We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words.”
With such strong words coming out of North Korea, it’s reassuring that the threat is being taken seriously and defensive measures like the USS Roosevelt are being put in place.