Saturday, March 11, 2017

Why is Trump sending troops to Korea ?




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Missile launch: Was North Korea practicing to strike US bases in ...

CNN-Mar 7, 2017
The missiles, three of which landed within 200 miles of Japan's coastline .... North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the country's ballistic ...
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Feb 9, 2017 - The U.S. Air Force has sent four heavy, four-engine bombers nearly a third of the way around the world from their base in Texas to the island of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. The mission is part of an effort to deter North Korea with regular, visible displays of heavy weapons and firepower. Crank up the volume and listen to the combined roar of four GE 101-102 after burning turbofan engines on takeoff.

The four B-1B bombers of the 9th Bomb Squadron ("The Bats") departed Dyess Air Force Base in Texas and flew to the island of Guam, a distance of 7,120 miles. The mission is part of the Continuous Bomber Presence program, which rotates heavy bombers from the Air Force's Global Strike Command to the island on a regular basis. The program began in 2004 as a means of reassuring American allies in the region and warning potential enemies.
The service has rotated B-1, B-2, and B-52 bombers to Andersen Air Force Base, the sprawling air base on the Pacific island. Bombers stationed on Guam conduct live fire missions on the island of Farallon de Medinilla, a small, uninhabited island 45 miles north of Saipan

Alex Lockie Feb. 16, 2017 Days after North Korea tested a new, dangerous missile type and allegedly engaged agents to assassinate Kim Jong Un's half-brother in Malaysia, the US plans to send the big guns to the Pacific in a massive show of force.
The USS Carl Vinson has been making its way to the Pacific, and it will be joined by the world's most lethal combat plane, the F-22s, a nuclear-powered submarine, and possibly B-1 and B-2 nuclear-capable bombers.
"The two sides have agreed to send such weapons as the F-22 stealth fighter and a nuclear-powered submarine to the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises in March," a defense official told South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.
US and South Korean forces will participate in military drills together to enhance readiness and test their ability to defend against North Korean missile attacks — an ability recently challenged by North Korea's latest missile advance.
Key Resolve and Foal Eagle represent two annual major military drills carried out by US and South Korean troops that regularly rile up North Korea, who usually threaten some sort of "catastrophic outcome" to what they see as a US-initiated provocation.
The South Koreans intend to spend $114 million developing an electromagnetic pulse weapon to cripple North Korea's command and control abilities as well as laser weapons systems to pull off a surgical strike on the country's nuclear missile facilities, Yonhap reported. 

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2017 — U.S. and South Korean military members joined together March 1 to participate in exercise Foal Eagle 2017, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.

About 3,600 U.S. service members were deployed to join the 28,000 U.S. troops already based in South Korea for the annual exercise, which will run through April 30, Davis said.
He described the exercise as a series of joint and combined ground, air, naval and special operations field exercises, adding that it is designed in the spirit of the U.S.-South Korean mutual defense treaty of 1953.
40-Year Tradition
“These exercises are defensive in nature, and they have been carried out regularly, openly and transparently for nearly 40 years,” Davis said.
Conducted as a clear demonstration of the U.S. commitment to the alliance, he said, Foal Eagle 2017 is designed to increase readiness to defend South Korea, to protect the region, and to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Preparing for THAAD

Earlier this week, when Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo spoke by phone, Mattis welcomed the land transfer in South Korea that will support stationing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, also known as THAAD, Davis said.

“It remains our intent to have [THAAD] there and in an operational state as soon as feasible,” he said. “This is a critical measure that we're taking to defend the Korean people and alliance forces against North Korean missile threats, a very serious threat as highlighted by the Feb. 12 ballistic missile launch by North Korea.
“[North Korea’s] unlawful weapons program represents a clear, grave threat to our national security,” said the captain continued. “They have openly stated that their ballistic missiles are intended to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the United States, Republic of Korea and Japan.”

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