General says US allies are prepared to use ‘overwhelming force’ in North Korea

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The commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces said on Saturday night that the U.S. and its allies are prepared to use “rapid, lethal and overwhelming force,” against North Korea if necessary.

U.S. Pacific Air Force commander Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy released his statement after the militaries of the U.S., Japan and South Korea spent 10 hours conducting bomber-jet drills over the Korean Peninsula.

The training mission was part of the U.S. regular commitment to defending its allies in the Asia-Pacific region and a response to the recent ballistic missile launches of North Korea, the statement of the general said.

“North Korea remains the most urgent threat to regional stability,” O’Shaughnessy said.

“Diplomacy remains the lead,” he said. “However, we have a responsibility to our allies and our nation to showcase our unwavering commitment while planning for the worst-case scenario.”

“If called upon,” he added, “we are ready to respond with rapid, lethal and overwhelming force at a time and place of our choosing.”

On July 3 and July 28, test launches of ICBMs were conducted by North Korea, and has claimed that the U.S. mainland can be reached with its weapons.
President Trump has condemned the country’s recent actions and prompted U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to develop a response with counterparts from Japan and South Korea.
Both Tillerson and Trump have been critical of China, saying the government of Beijing has failed to discourage North Korea from developing its nuclear program by exercising their influence.
Under the command of U.S. Pacific Air Forces, two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers joined counterparts from the Japanese and South Korean air forces in sequenced bilateral missions on Saturday.
The U.S. bombers flew to Japanese airspace where they were joined by two Koku Jieitai F-2 fighter jetts after taking off from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, according to the Pentagon.

The B-1s then flew over the Korean Peninsula, where they were joined by four F-15 fighter jets from the South Korean air force.

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