President Donald Trump just announced a new strategic military move. Kim Jong-un will not be happy about this.
On Saturday, the United States and South Korea began joint naval exercises that will involve three US aircraft carriers in what is designed to be a harsh warning to North Korea. The Associated Press reports that the drills will last for four days and will be held off South Korea’s eastern coast.
Currently, President Trump is on a tour of Asia. Each of the countries he is visiting have capital cities within the range of a potential North Korean missile strike. The rogue regime is the main topic of conversation between Trump and the other world leaders.
According to The Associated Press, the USS Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, and Nimitz will enter the area throughout the course of the drills, which will last until Tuesday. The warships will be together in the drills on Monday.
Additionally, the exercises will include eleven US Aegis ships and seven South Korean naval vessels. Aegis technology is used for missile tracking and guidance.
They will aim to enhance combined operation and aerial strike capabilities and also display “strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis,” South Korea’s military said in a statement.
These exercises mark the first time since 2007 that the three US carrier strike groups are operating together in the area of the Western Pacific. The US Navy is also expected to participate in exercises with three Japanese destroyers on Sunday.
In addition to the naval fleet, the US has also sent other assets, including long-range bombers, to the region to patrol the area and conduct drills. This is a direct response to Pyongyang’s continued efforts to build a more powerful nuclear weapons program.
This year, Pyongyang conducted numerous tests of is intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program. It was discovered that the regime had developed missiles that could potentially reach the United States homeland. Recently, they conducted their most powerful nuclear test, but they have not yet acquired the capability to mount a nuclear warhead on one of their missiles.
President Trump and dictator Kim Jong-un have engaged in harsh rhetoric since the American president took office in January. The two leaders have exchanged repeated threats. Recently, the United States, the United Nations, and China have imposed historically harsh sanctions against Pyongyang. There is evidence that these sanctions might be taking their toll.
Kim Jong-un has increased his saber-rattling with a litany of missile tests. Are the US and South Korea right to be prepared for military action?
During his Asia trip, President Trump issued some stern warnings to the Kim regime. In a speech to business leaders at the APEC summit in Vietnam, he stated that the region “must not be held hostage to a dictator’s twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail.”
He also sent a clear message to the North Korean regime: “Do not underestimate us. And do not try us.” President Trump did, however, urge Kim to consider negotiations that would result in a peaceful outcome for all. The regime has not responded kindly to President Trump’s words, and continues their aggressive nature — for now.