U.S. Air Force officials clarified it to North Korea they were not kidding around, launching a shocking military exercise with total combat air power in Japan on Wednesday.
The jets in the arsenal of the 18th Wing, which carried out the exercise, involve HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers. Military officials refer to it the Air Force’s largest combat-ready win.
Photos revealed a huge group of the jets on a runway at Kadena Air Base in Japan.
In the meantime, China has advised North Korea’s opponents not to do anything irrational, Reuters informed, despite indications the rogue nation soon may perform a sixth nuclear test.
“Military force cannot resolve the issue,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Beijing. “Amid challenge there is opportunity. Amid tensions we will also find a kind of opportunity to return to talks.”
Satellite images revealed activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri testing site, a warning that the secretive regime might be getting ready for an additional nuclear test, wrote analysts from the U.S. research institute 38 North.
On Wednesday, President Trump showed confidence that Chinese President Xi Jinping is going to help him handle North Korea’s increasing threat.
“I think he wants to help us with North Korea,” Trump said of Xi, crediting China in a White House news conference with taking a “big step” by turning back boats of coal that North Korea sells to its northern neighbor. North Korea conducts some 90 percent of its trade with China.
Trump also stated that trade concessions might be up for more collaboration on North Korea. He mentioned he told Xi last week: “The way you’re going to make a good trade deal is to help us with North Korea, otherwise we’re just going to go it alone. That will be all right, too. But going it alone means going it with lots of other nations.”‘
The US has been begging for Beijing to make use of its economic leverage with North Korea, which performed two underground nuclear explosions and two dozen missile tests last year. It is heading closer to establishing a nuclear-tipped missile that could endanger the U.S. mainland, analysts claim.