Kim Jong Un is not going to pleased when he sees the “surprise” the U.S. Navy just sent to the waters off North Korea.
Of course, the most chilling fact is that he probably won’t actually see it at all: The special delivery is a nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine, and it’s designed to strike while hidden beneath the waves.
According to The Daily Caller, the USS Michigan arrived in South Korean waters Friday. The official Pentagon line is that the Ohio-class vessel is there for routine training, but there’s little doubt that placing the sub close to the North Korean border was a strategic move.
The USS Michigan isn’t alone, either. The president has ordered powerful B-1B Lancer bombers to conduct exercises in the area as well, while the flagship aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its complement of nearly 100 aircraft is also in the vicinity.
A submarine like the USS Michigan may not be bristling with as many crew members and weapons as a massive aircraft carrier, but the stealthy vessel has a few tricks of its own.
“The 560-foot-long, 18,000-ton USS Michigan is armed with 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, each with a range of around 900 miles and a 1,000-pound high-explosive warhead,” the Daily Caller.
“The submarine, which served as a sea-based nuclear deterrent against the Soviet Union during the Cold War, rivals full-sized aircraft carriers in terms of destructive power,” the news source continued.
Kim Jong Un is no doubt furious about the recent show of force near his rogue country, but his own actions have precipitated the exercises.
“Little Kim” or “Rocket Man,” as President Trump has hilariously dubbed the bloviating dictator, has repeatedly conducted nuclear missile tests while openly threatening a long list of targets. South Korea, Japan, Guam, and the mainland United States itself have all been subjects of Kim’s threats.
Trump may be right: Diplomacy got the Korea Peninsula into the current nuclear-armed mess, and it seems unlikely that more talk and empty treaties will solve anything. If Kim Jong Un continues on his current path, swift and firm military action by the United States will be the inevitable outcome.
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