(National Sentinel) War: President Donald J. Trump on Saturday warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that neither he nor other senior regime officials would live long if they decided to launch an attack against U.S. forces or American soil.
“Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N.,” the president tweeted late Saturday. “If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”
Trump was responding to comments from Ri Yong Ho, who on Saturday called Trump “a mentally deranged person full of megalomania,” and promised that a strike on the U.S. mainland was “inevitable,” Fox News reported.
The term “Little Rocket Man” is Trump’s derisive nickname for Kim.
With his tweet, Trump seemed to reiterate a previous assertion that any strike by North Korea against the U.S. or its allies would be met with an overwhelming response.
The address by Ri in New York City began as the Pentagon announced it had flown bombers and fighter escorts to the farthest point north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone by any such American aircraft this century.
“This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the president has many military options to defeat any threat,” Defense Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement.
“North Korea’s weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the U.S. homeland and our allies,” White said.
B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam, along with F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday.
Unlike previous “show of force” missions, the American planes were not accompanied by Japanese or South Korean fighters.
“While conducted unilaterally, this mission was coordinated with regional allies – namely the Republic of Korea and Japan – and was a strong testament to our ironclad alliance,” U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. Dave Benham told Fox News, using the official name for South Korea.
B-1B bombers are not part of the U.S. nuclear strategic force any longer but are capable of dropping large amounts of ordnance.
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