[Rushtalk] US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

Carl Spitzer cwsiv at juno.com
Fri Oct 13 18:09:22 MDT 2017


Baby steps to allow the slow witted little idiot to reconsider national
suicide or moves to hook up with Iran.


US flies mission north of DMZ, sends message to North Korea

ROBERT BURNS and MATTHEW PENNINGTON,Associated Press 2 hours 49 minutes
ago



WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of American military might to North Korea,
U.S. bombers and fighter escorts flew on Saturday to the farthest point
north of the border between North and South Korea by any such American
aircraft this century. The Pentagon said the mission in international
airspace showed how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea's
"reckless behavior."

"This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message
that the president has many military options to defeat any threat,"
Defense Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement.

"North Korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific
region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use
the full range of military capabilities to defend the U.S. homeland and
our allies," White said.

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has said Trump would "pay dearly" for
threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea if the U.S. was forced to
defend itself or its allies against a North Korean attack. Kim's foreign
minister told reporters this past week that the North's response to
Trump "could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the
Pacific."

North Korea has said it intends to build a missile capable of striking
all parts of the United States with a nuclear bomb. Trump has said he
won't allow it, although the U.S. so far has not used military force to
impede the North's progress.

The Pentagon said B-1B bombers from Guam, along with F-15C Eagle fighter
escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters
east of North Korea on Saturday. The U.S. characterized the flights as
extending farther north of the Demilitarized Zone, than any U.S. fighter
or bomber had gone off the North Korean coast in the 21st century.

B-1 bombers are no longer part of the U.S. nuclear force, but they are
capable of dropping large numbers of conventional bombs.

U.S. Pacific Command would not be more specific about many years it had
been since U.S. bombers and fighters had flown that far north of the
DMZ, but a spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Dave Benham, noted that this century
"encompasses the period North Korea has been testing ballistic missiles
and nuclear weapons."

At the United Nations, North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, said
Saturday that his country's nuclear force is "to all intents and
purposes, a war deterrent for putting an end to nuclear threat of the
U.S. and for preventing its military invasion, and our ultimate goal is
to establish the balance of power with the U.S."

He also said that Trump's depiction of Kim as "Rocket Man" makes "our
rocket's visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more."

Trump on Friday had renewed his rhetorical offensive against Kim.

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind
starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!" the
president tweeted.

On Thursday, Trump announced more economic sanctions against the
impoverished and isolated country, targeting foreign companies that deal
with the North.

"North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile development is a grave threat
to peace and security in our world and it is unacceptable that others
financially support this criminal, rogue regime," Trump said as he
joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President
Moon Jae-in for a meeting in New York.

Hours later, Kim responded by saying Trump was "deranged."

In a speech last week at the United Nations, Trump had issued the
warning of potential obliteration and mocked the North's young autocrat
as a "Rocket Man" on a "suicide mission."

Trump's executive order expanded the Treasury Department's ability to
target anyone conducting significant trade in goods, services or
technology with North Korea, and to ban them from interacting with the
U.S. financial system.

Trump also said China was imposing major banking sanctions, too, but
there was no immediate confirmation from the North's most important
trading partner.

If enforced, the Chinese action Trump described could severely impede
the isolated North's ability to raise money for its missile and nuclear
development. China, responsible for about 90 percent of North Korea's
trade, serves as the country's conduit to the international banking
system.




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