Will North Korea Think Twice Before Acting

April 9, 2017

It was confirmed by PACOM, that The USS Carl Vinson Strike Group which includes; the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, a contingent of guided missile cruisers destroyers, Los Angeles attack submarines and various other support ships are returning to the Korean Peninsula.  


The announcement came as the USS Carl Vinson was making its way toward Australia following the end of last month's "Foal Eagle," South Korean - U.S. yearly military exercises.  This year's military drills were hallmarked not only as being the largest maneuvers to date but also served to introduce the US's newly installed Thermal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) System installed in South Korea for added protection against the North. 


Which after what has already proven to be a year of provocative acts by the North Korean Government, including the use of the chemical weapon, VX nerve agent to assassinate Kim Jong-nam, in an international airport in February and ahead of two highly celebrated political anniversaries.  Which according to an announcement from North Korea's outspoken leader Kim Jong-un, offers the defiant leader and country more opportunities to demonstrate the military strength and power.


The "Day of the Sun", April 15 marks the anniversary of the 105 birthday of Kim Il-sung.  Followed less than two weeks later by "Military Foundation Day," on April 25, marking the 85th anniversary of the formation of Kim Il-sung's army known as the "Korean People's Army". Both the April 15 and 25 are days the North Korean Government provides the world with a glimpse of their country's supreme military might via  parades.  It is the April 15, display which is more concerning as North Korea prepares for a massive military parade to show off its military dominance. Which this year, may have North Korea parading before the world their version of an ICBM, whether it's fully operational or not.


This past week, the United States has demonstrated that the policies of the Trump Administration are far different from those of the last administration and that the U.S. will no longer sit back and watch.  Before today's announcement, President Trump has proven that not only will his administration act swiftly but accordingly. Less than 72  hours after the world witnessed Syrian President Assad's Tuesday's alleged Sarin, attack on his people in the city of Khan Sheikhoun.  President Trump ordered a retaliatory strike by the USS Destroyers Ross, and Porter positioned in the Eastern Mediterrian Sea. The fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles launched from the destroyers were meant to disable the Shayrat airfield which was the airbase used by the Syrian Government in Tuesday's attack.


It is also interesting to note that the announcement of the USS Carl Vinson's new deployment came only hours after China's Xi Jinping left a week-long summit with U.S. President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Largo. In which the two countries had hoped to reach an agreement on how to handle North Korea.  Which would be highly unlikely as China strongly support the North Korean Government.  That's not to say the Chinese support Kim Jong-un but they two countries have been allies since WWII.

While it is almost certain that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will see the return of the USS Carl Vinson Strike Group to the Korean Pennisula as an act of aggression, his reaction will be as always unpredictable.  However, if push comes to shove with North Korea will President Trump have the US due as he stated act individually to handle North Korea?  If President Trump does opt for military action will it be in the best interest of the U.S. or could turn into another Korean War?  It is to much to hope that cooler heads will prevail?







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