This Thursday, a show of force was put on by the U.S. and South Korea, when four U.S. fighter jets named F-35B as well as two B-1B bombers joined four more South Korean F-15 jets and dropped several bombs near the border of North Korea in a mock exercise of the militaries.
This comes not long after North Korea made headlines for launching an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan for the first time ever, raising speculations that the launch might have been a test for a potential strike on Guam.
Despite vowing there would be no more missile test after several warnings by the free world, Kim Jong Un hasn’t kept his word, raising tensions once again.
“Our forward-deployed force will be the first to the fight, ready to deliver a lethal response at a moment’s notice if our nation calls,” tweeted the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) this Thursday.
PACOM also went on to say, “By forward-basing [the F-35], the most advanced aircraft in the world, here in the Pacific, we are enabling the [U.S. Marine Corps] to respond quickly.”
According to a South Korean official, the military exercise had the goal of countering the North’s repeated ballistic missile test as well as their development of nuclear weaponry.
Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the Commander of the Pacific Air Forces, stated that the recent actions of North Korea are “a threat to our allies, partners and homeland, and their destabilizing actions will be met accordingly.”
The missile launch by Kim Jong Un was considered to be one of the “most provocative missile test in a very long time, perhaps ever” with President Donald Trump even saying that “talking is not the answer” when it comes to dealing with the rogue nation.