The U.S. Air Force sent a message to North Korea: Don’t test us.
The warning came in the form of a surprise military exercise in Japan on Wednesday, sending a clear and strong warning to Kim Jong-Un amid rising tensions in the region, reported Fox News.
The combat exercise was conducted by the 18th Wing, which is the largest combat-tested wing in the Air Force. The United States military put on a major display the power using a fleet of HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers.
The armed military exercise comes as intelligence indicates North Korea may conduct another nuclear test soon in its latest act of provocation.
President Donald Trump ha sought the assistance of Chinese President Xi Jinping in dealing with the “menace” of North Korea. Trump said he is even considering new trade concessions in exchange for China’s support on North Korea.
“I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea,” Trump tweeted on Friday. “If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will!”
North Korea’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Han Song Ryol told CBS News that they are prepared to launch a preemptive nuclear strike and declare war if they believe the U.S. is going to attack.
“If the U.S. comes up with a dangerous military option, then the first card is in our hands. We’ll deal with it with our pre-emptive strike. This means war,” Han said.