Tensions have been rising between the U.S. and North Korea over the past few days, as Kim Jong Un continues to refuse to back down from his next nuclear test. Now, Secretary of Defense General James “Mad Dog” Mattis has sent North Korea a message that it won’t soon forget.
Fox News reported that Secretary of Defense General James “Mad Dog” Mattis just showed North Korea that he is not someone to mess with when he put on an incredible display of U.S. Air Force fighter jets in Japan. Under Mattis’ orders, the military launched a surprise military exercise with full combat air power this week.
The exercise was conducted by the 18th Wing, whose jets include HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers. Truly epic photos show a large group of the jets on a runway at Kadena Air Base in Japan.
This comes as President Donald Trump is preparing to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea should they move forward with a nuclear test. Senior intelligence officials have just confirmed that Trump has positioned a pair of destroyers in perfect striking distance from the Hermit Kingdom, just 300 miles away from their nuclear test site.
The New York Post reported that the ships Trump sent are equipped with conventional weapons, such as Tomahawk cruise missiles. In addition, the U.S. military has heavy bombers in Guam that are ready to attack North Korea if needed.
The officials said the strike on North Korea would likely be made up of both missiles and bombs, while also including the use of cyber and special operations on the ground. However, experts have warned that any strike on North Korea could provoke Kim Jong Un to launch an attack on South Korea or US ships in the region.
“The leadership in North Korea has shown absolutely no sign or interest in diplomacy or dialogue with any of the countries involved in this issue,” explained Victor Cha, Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
North Korea released a statement on Thursday saying they would launch a “merciless retaliatory strike” against the US, should it take action against them.
“By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the US is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war,” the statement read.
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