Friday, April 14, 2017

"Wars and Rumors of Wars - N. Korea"

"Officials CONFIRM U.S. Intends to Strike North Korea over Nuclear Test"
by Newsroom

"The U.S. is ready to launch a strike against North Korea if Pyongyang goes through with a nuclear weapons test. Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials, confirmed to SuperStation95 Thursday that the U.S. is prepared to launch the strike against North Korea with conventional weapons. Officials said a nuclear test could come as soon as this weekend.

The U.S. has two destroyers that can shoot Tomahawk cruse missiles in the area, according to the network. One of the destroyers is located 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site. There are also American heavy bombers located in Guam. It was reported that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group had arrived in that area.

In a statement Thursday, North Korea issued a warning to the U.S. - should it take action - of a "merciless retaliatory strike." "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," North Korea's statement said.

South Korea foreign minister Yun Byung said U.S. officials have "repeatedly reaffirmed that" the U.S. "will closely discuss with South Korea its North Korea-related measures." "In fact, the U.S. is working to reassure us that it will not, just in case that we might hold such concerns."

President Trump on Thursday tweeted that he has "great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea."  "If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! USA," the president tweeted.”
“China 'Mobilizes 25,000 Extra Troops to North Korea' 
& Puts Country on 'Nationwide Alert'”

"China is scrambling another 25,000 troops to be militarized along the North Korean border as the country is put on ‘nationwide alert’ amid heightened tensions between the hermit state and the West, according to reports. All five regions military regions from China have been ordered by Beijing to maintain readiness for the possibility of conflict along their border with Kim Jong-un’s kingdom, according to UPI.

China’s armored and mechanized infantry brigades in the Shandong, Zhejiang and Yunnan provinces have been given the go-ahead. The troops being deployed from China to the Korean peninsula are from the 47th group army of the Ninth Armored Brigade, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy. China has already sent 150,000 troops to the North Korean border on Sunday, Taiwan’s China Post has claimed and SuperStation95 reported earlier this week. It comes after the US and South Korea conducted joint military exercises around the peninsula.

USS Carl Vinson’s strike group has been deployed to the Korean peninsula in a show of force towards Pyongyang after the hermit nation has carried out a series of provocative missile launches and nuclear tests. Chinese president Xi Jinping begged Donald Trump to pursue a peaceful resolution to the meltdown in the crisis during a phone call between the pair.

Despite the pleas, North Korea looks to set to detonate a nuclear device this week, according to the Voice of America. The device is expected to set off the device on Saturday. A National Security Council official said: “We have no comment at this time but we will be watching closely.”
"U.S. Air Force Stages Epic Elephant Walk at Kadena Air Base 
Japan Amid Growing Tension With North Korea"

The images in this story show an impressive "Elephant Walk" carried out by fully armed U.S. Air Force aircraft belonging to the 18th Wing, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. During Elephant Walks military aircraft taxi in close formation right before a minimum interval takeoff. This kind of exercise is often performed at airbases all around the world (including South Korea), to prepare squadrons for wartime operations: what’s important is to test crews capability to quickly and safely prepare fully armed aircraft for a mass launch. In this case the Elephant Walk was carried out during a “no-notice” exercise on Apr. 12.
U.S. Air Force 44th and 67th Fighter Squadron F-15 Eagles and 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron E-3 Sentries taxi down the runway during a no-notice exercise April 12, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

The 18th Wing operates combat ready fleets of HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers, making it the largest combat-ready wing in the U.S. Air Force capable to provide a wide array of missions: counter air, command and control, air refueling and combat search and rescue operations. Not bad for a single unit!

“Elephant Walks” are particularly frequent in South Korea where local-based U.S. Air Force jets (often alongside Republic of Korea Air Force planes) frequently stage such “collective shows of force” in response to North Korea’s aggressive posture and threats. Considered the current state of the relations between Washington and Pyongyang, with a U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group heading to the Korean Peninsula, and several aircraft (including the WC-135 “nuclear sniffer”) amassing not far from North Korea, it seems to be quite likely that the Elephant Walk at Kadena Air Base was just a way to showcase U.S. Air Force 18th Wing’s ability to quickly generate combat air power in the event of an attack on Kadena, the largest U.S. military installation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and flex the muscles against Kim Jong Un and his nuclear plans."
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