Japan urged responses from the US and South Korea on Monday after claiming North Korea has made newly discovered “unprecidented” moves that threaten nuclear war even further, according to a report by Reuters. This all comes as tensions on the Korean peninsula are higher than ever.
Defense chiefs of Japan, the U.S. and South Korea all met Monday in the Philippines. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera’s exact words when speaking to the US and South Korea on were:
“The threat posed by North Korea has grown to the unprecedented, critical and imminent level. Therefore, we have to take calibrated and different responses to meet with that level of threat.” — Itsunori Onodera’s statement was in regards to NOKO’s nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.
According to Reuters, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and South Korea’s Defense Minister Song Young-Moo both were in agreement and echoed similar. Mattis declared North Korea threatens “regional and global security.” South Korea’s Soung Young-Moo is quoted as saying, “North Korea’s provocative behavior is becoming worse and worse.”
This all comes after North Korea’s Kim Jong Un took another swipe at President Trump, calling him a “lunatic” in “The Pyongyang Times.” According to Newsweek Kim Jong said:
“Lunatic Trump is running headlong into ruin, taking America with him, and the poor puppet forces are following him, at the peril of their lives.”
All 3 defense ministers of Japan, U.S. and South Korea were united on two things:
1) There’s a “need to maintain peace and stability in the region.”
2) There’s a need for “for the exercise of self-restraint and the resumption of dialogue to de-escalate tensions in the Korean peninsula.”
It appears the U.S. is already making military moves to send a stronger message to Kim Jong Un, as they are about to send a dozen F-35A Lightning IIs and 300 airmen for six-month deployment to the region. The Lightning IIs are the world’s most advanced jet.
According to The Daily Star, warplanes will arrive from Hill Air Force Base at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, in November and can outmatch any of NOKO’s air defense.
And according to a report by FOX News:
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein recently said the military branch was preparing to place its fleet of nuclear-armed B-52 bombers on 24-hour alert status, noting that in a world where “we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons,” it’s important to remain alert and remain prepared.