The U.S. and South Korea have sent over three dozen warships to the coast of N. Korea to prepare for a missile launch:
U.S. Warships Launch Joint Drills with South Korea pic.twitter.com/4OFVT1Rs6V
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NY POST – The United States and South Korean forces began conducting military exercises on Monday just days after North Korea renewed a threat to launch missiles at Guam, an American territory in the Pacific.
The five days of naval drills in the waters off the Korean peninsula come amid escalating tensions and a war of words between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The drills, which involve fighter jets, helicopters and about 40 ships and submarines, are intended as a rehearsal on how to respond to a naval attack by North Korea and to improve the allies operational capability, South Korean navy spokesman Jang Wook said, according to the Associated Press.
The exercises will also include live-fire drills by ships and aircraft, as well as anti-submarine training.
Next week, the US military will begin practicing how to evacuate the families of American military personnel and noncombatants in South Korea in the event of an attack by North Korea or an emergency in the region, reports said.
The twice-a-year exercises, known as Courageous Channel, are not in response to the rising military provocations from Kim’s regime.
“Like other annual training exercises here on the peninsula, Courageous Channel sharpens our ability to stay ready across our spectrum of tasks,” US military spokesman Col. Chad Carroll told Stars and Stripes. “This year’s exercise is not uniquely connected to any specific elements of the current geopolitical situation.”
It’s a good point that these drills are routine and not tied to a specific threat or action by the N. Korean regime.
However given all of the recent threats and tensions by the Kim regime, this large drill could be seen by them as provocative, especially in their more paranoid state.
Regardless it’s a great show of force and, while doubtful, I hope they get the message.