As tensions with North Korea are at an all-time high, the United States once again sends a strong message. Just three days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan, the United States joined with Japan and South Korea in a show of force. This involved various aircraft, including F-35B Lightning II jets and B-1B Lancer bombers from the U.S., F-15K fighter jets from South Korea, and F-2 fighter jets from Japan.
Good Idea or Bad Idea?
This is but a mere sign of the true scope of the issues involved here. There are various heated debates going on as to whether the United States should reintroduce nuclear weapons in South Korea, as North Korea’s rapidly advancing weapons programs is a great cause for alarm. However, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in does not share this view and has no intention of reintroducing these weapons at this time.
While many may see the show of force demonstrated by the United States as a positive sign, there are also countries who oppose this decision. China is one of the countries pushing for democratic resolution between North Korea and the United States. As China is responsible for approximately 90% of North Korea’s trade, it wants to defend its interests. China holds the view that shows of force, such as this one, are merely serving to aggravate and intensify the existing problems.
While this latest missile launch posed no direct threat to Guam, it clearly showed that North Korea now holds the potential to easily reach them should the need arise. The United States maintains that should North Korea proceed with this type of reckless behavior, that they would not be allowed to continue, as the country would be decimated. The international community is calling for action, and for sanctions to be placed on North Korea through the U.N.