US and South Korea put on big military show for Kim

In response to Kim Jong-un's latest missile outrage a few days ago, the US did its own knee-buckling power display by dropping huge bombs near the North Korean border. According to a South Korean official's statement to CNN, the exercise was a counter move to North Korea's repeated ballistic missile tests as well as its nuclear weapons development program. The US force stated of its bombers flying from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. The US Marine Corps base in Japan was used to fly the four stealth fighter jets.

The shocking bombing attack was a simulation of a surgical strike on key enemy facilities in the eastern province of Gangwon which is adjacent to North Korea. It looked like a befitting reply to North Korea's latest weapons test which was exact as the first ballistic missile fired over Japan. The escalated test-firing missiles by North Korea have instilled fear in experts that the country can refine and perfect its missile technology. The drill follows President Donald Trump's statement that words are not sufficient to resolve the Korean conflict.

Pyongyang recently tested intercontinental ballistic missiles which can deliver nuclear warheads to far-off locations like the US. In response B-1Bs flew over the Korean Peninsula from Guam which has recently faced intense North Korean threats as it is its nearest US territory. The state-run Korean Central News Agency had described its latest missile launch as a meaningful prelude to contain Guam which it deems as the 'advanced base of invasion' for US forces. In its follow-up statement after the US mock attack, it promised future launches in the Pacific in areas where the US imperialist aggressor forces' bases are stationed. He described the current launch as 'just a curtain-raiser'. They also were a reminder that they can easily turn the whole of South Korea into ruins. It also reiterated that they 'can never stop bolstering up the nuclear deterrent'. It also warned of a nuclear war break-out at any time. Kim's mouthpiece stated that USA's persistent bid to initiate a nuclear war in the Korean peninsula will end in its final doom. The Korean state TV images showed Kim inspecting his nuclear arsenal. The Rodong Sinmun newspaper also published over 20 pictures of the launch near Pyongyang.

Donald Trump was barely diplomatic towards his rival country. His tweet said, 'The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!' Kim's pledge to fire more rockets towards the Pacific came as an outburst after the UN Security Council including Russia and Kim's key ally China were united in condemning the 'outrageous' launch. South Korea also conducted a bombing drill following the missile launch.

North Korea pledged to execute reporters from two South Korean newspapers, accusing them of insulting the country's dignity during their review and interview of the British authors who wrote a book on the life in the isolated country. KCNA already has a state court statement which showcases anger over nailing North Korean lives as increasingly capitalist. It strongly objected to the translated title of the South Korean edition as 'Capitalist People's Republic of Korea' and its cover which exchanged the red star in North Korea's official seal with the US dollar mark. North Korea's Central Court has passed the death sentence to the presidents of the newspapers and promised an end for all who raise such provocations. South Korea's Unification Ministry called the statement an 'absurd threat' and warned the North to stop threatening South Korean citizens. It promised readiness with every measure to protect its citizens.

January 16, 2022 - 03:10
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