(TeaParty.org) – Mere days after North Korean officials convened with the South to discuss security concerns and a peaceful solution to tensions on the peninsula ahead of the Olympics, American forces launched a major move that will have the North thinking twice about aiming their nuclear arsenal on our mainland.
Late Tuesday, the United States dispatched three stealth bombers with nuclear capabilities to the Korean Peninsula in the face of the North’s continued missile testing, announced by Pacific Air Forces (PAF) in a tweet Wednesday evening.
— PACAF (@PACAF) January 11, 2018
The force included 200 airmen and three B-2 Spirits to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, and whose mission is to bolster the strength of B-1 conventional bombers as part of the Pacific Command’s Bomber Assurance and Deterrence mission, according to the Washington Examiner.
From the PAF website:
US strategic bombers regularly rotate through the Indo-Pacific region to conduct US PACOM-led (Pacific Command-led) air operations, providing leaders with deterrent options to maintain regional stability.
During this short-term deployment, the B-2s will conduct local and regional training sorties and will integrate capabilities with key regional partners, ensuring bomber crews maintain a high state of readiness and crew proficiency.
U.S. military officials did not indicate how long the bombers and airmen will remain stationed in the Guam base.
In 2017, United States forces in Guam were the target of one of North Korea’s most flagrant threats, arguably comparable to the Cuban Missile Crisis of the Cold War. The Washington Examiner reported that the hermit kingdom launched a missile over Japan, and while not directly aiming another missile at Guam, the test proved decidedly that Kim Jong Un has the capacity to land one on Andersen Air Force Base.
“The range of this test was significant since North Korea demonstrated that it could reach Guam with this missile, although the payload the missile was carrying is not known,” said the Union of Concerned Scientists at the time of the missile test in 2017. “Guam lies 3,400 km from North Korea, and Pyongyang has talked about it as a target because of the presence of US forces at Andersen Air Force Base.”
In October 2017, North Korea once again threatened Guam with a “salvo of missiles” and to keep its hand “closer to the trigger” in the face of joint U.S.-South Korean military drills in the region.
From North Korea’s KCNA network:
We have already warned several times that we will take counteractions for self-defense including a salvo of missiles into waters near the US territory of Guam, an advance base for invading the DPRK, where key US bases are located.
The US military action hardens our determination that the US should be tamed with fire and lets us take our hand closer to ‘trigger’ for taking the toughest countermeasure.
“The bomber deployment is part of an ongoing planned deployment that affects not only the Korean Peninsula, but also a broader alliance structure in the Pacific,” said Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the director of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, according to Fox News.
He told reporters that it would be wrong to view the recent bomber deployment “within the single lens of what it means to the Korean Peninsula.” This is a move that sends a message not just to Kim Jong Un, but to our allies and everyone in the region.
“We send a signal to everyone,” he said, when asked by reporters whether the move was also meant to issue a warning to China. McKenzie did not rule out the possibility of an airstrike on North Korea during the Olympics.
“So when we begin to talk de-confliction of activities more directly related to the peninsula, there’s where you could see why we would have chosen to de-conflict and adjust the timing of some of those activities because of the Olympics and the Paralympics,” he added.
Kim Jong Un called for the mass production and rapid deployment of nuclear bombs and missiles during his New Years address. Last year, the North tested almost two dozen ballistic missiles – including two ICBMs allegedly capable of striking the United States mainland, and also detonated a hydrogen bomb with an explosive yield of several hundred kilotons.
The last time the U.S. sent three stealth bombers to Guam was in January 2017.