The Korean Peninsula – the center of the world’s attention for the past two weeks as tensions rose with Kim Jong-un continuing to threaten the South Korea, Japan and the United States with nuclear strikes – is about to get two more visitors.

The move comes as North Korean state-run media, the Rodong Sinmun, reported that Kim intends to launch a nuclear strike.

“In the case of our super-mighty pre-emptive strike, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas, but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes.”

President Donald Trump has ordered the deployment of two more aircraft carriers to the Sea of Japan to join the USS Carl Vinson, which is already en route to the area to back up his warning to Kim: “Gotta behave.”

The muscle supplied by the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz, in addition to the Vinson, are intended not only as a show of force to Kim but reassurance to the U.S. ally, South Korea, as well as another demonstration to China that Trump means business.

Joint air exercises between the U.S. and South Korea began in the region, even as both China and Russia sent troops to their respective borders with North Korea to block any potential refugees that might flee the country in the event of war.

The president’s actions are a stark reversal from previous administrations that either appeased or ignored the despot hoping nothing would come of his nuclear ambitions.

The three nuclear reactors aircraft carriers are each more than 1,000 feet long and can carry nearly 100 aircraft, with crews of more than 3,000 with an air complement of 2,500.

Each is accompanied by a cruiser and submarine, as well as a contingent of destroyers.

The peninsula juts out from the Asian continent with the Sea of Japan to the east and the Yellow Sea to the west.

The USS Ronald Reagan was already in Japan, but the USS Nimitz was in Oregon when it got orders to deploy.
Vice President Mike Pence was in Tokyo to reaffirm the commitment of the U.S. to reach what he called, “a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” and reassuring the ally that “We are with you 100 percent,” while underscoring the Trump administration’s message that “the era of strategic patience is over.”

Kim Jong-un has conducted missile launches in the past, most recently during the official observation of his grandfather’s birth in 1912.

That launch resulted in the missile exploding four seconds from taking off.

It is doubtful that Kim has nuclear weapons at his disposal that could actually reduce anything other than the missiles themselves to ash, but fears created by his threats have the entire region on alert.

 
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