Only days after President Trump’s fiery speech at the United Nations, American bombers buzzed the North Korean border in a show of force which was the farthest north any U.S. military aircraft has been this century.
It was a response to Kim Jong Un’s latest provocation in which he said after Trump’s speech, he will “tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”
The move came days after Kim’s foreign minister implied that the next test from N. Korea will be the above-ground detonation of a nuclear weapon.
That may very well be the final straw for the West.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
U.S. bombers and fighter jets buzzed North Korea in what the Pentagon billed as one of the most significant shows of force this century.
“This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take [the North Korean regime’s] reckless behavior,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement Saturday.
The U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers deployed from Guam, a U.S. territory in the region that North Korean officials have threatened to attack in recent months. The bombers were escorted by F-15 fighters that took off from Okinawa. The bombers and their escort stayed in international airspace, according to the Defense Department.
“This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat,” White said.
President Trump’s team has negotiated with the United Nations Security Council to pass an array of new international sanctions in response to North Korean belligerence. The economic sanctions have been greeted by an unprecedented flurry of nuclear and ballistic missile tests. The regime launched an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time in July, detonated a hydrogen bomb, and launched two missiles over Japan.
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said in an addressto the United Nations General Assembly. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime.”
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un replied by insulting Trump and vowing to “tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.” The regime’s top diplomat hinted that another nuclear test could be imminent.