The United States, its allies, and other major world powers staged massive military drills surrounding North Korea over the weekend; sending a clear message to Kim Jong Un that countries throughout the region are preparing for a major armed conflict should the dictator continue his nuclear and missile programs.
According to Reuters, the US and South Korea conducted joint air exercises over the Korean peninsula, while Russia and China launched significant naval exercises on Kim’s doorstep ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting later this week.
The drills are a firm response to Kim’s missile launch last week, where the despot fired another medium-range ballistic missile over the sovereign territory of Japan before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
Speaking with to UN members and reporters on Sunday, US ambassador Nikki Haley confirmed that diplomatic solutions towards the “North Korea problem” were rapidly running out, suggesting military options might be necessary to stop Kim’s accelerated nuclear program.
The North Korean regime immediately fired-back at the US, saying “The increased moves of the U.S. and its vassal forces to impose sanctions and pressure… will only increase our pace towards the ultimate completion of the state nuclear force.”