The leaders of the North Korean regime just sent the world another threatening message by sending another missile flying over northern Japan. As with the last launch, residents were sent scrambling for cover after Japan sent out a mass alert.
Last week’s launch came a day after North Korea threatened nuclear war on the entirety of Japan, according to ABC News. The missile itself landed in the sea.
"The four islands of the archipelago in Japan should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche [North Korea]. Japan is no longer needed to exist near us," a North Korean statement said.
Now on Monday, the U.S., Japan, and South Korea sent a formation of 14 warplanes over the Korean Peninsula in a show of force before bombing a training range just south of the border in South Korea in a simulated strike on North Korea, according to the Washington Post.
The U.S. Pacific Command said the 14 warplanes included two U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers, four U.S. F-35B Lightning II fighters, four Japanese F-2 fighters, and four South Korean F-15K fighters. The show of force was similar to a smaller one the U.S. and its allies made at the end of August.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday, “If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed. And we all know that, and none of us want that.”
Some people don’t agree with Haley, though, wondering why it’s taking the U.S. so long to preemptively strike a country that has also directly threatened nuclear attacks on U.S. soil.
What do you think of this? In other news, a U.S. territory is facing a threat of a different kind as new, rapidly strengthening is bearing down on it.