Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

South Korean Military to Launch Drone Bot Combat Unit

South Korean Military to Launch Drone Bot Combat Unit

"North Korea would interpret a move to remove families as a sign of US preparation for offensive military action", he said.

The runway at Kunsan was closed temporarily after an F-16C assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing "experienced a ground emergency affecting the integrity of its landing gear" while taxiing, Capt. Chris Mesnard, a spokesman for the fighter wing, said separately.

State of the art F-22 stealth fighters prepare took off as part of the Vigilant Ace drills being conducted by the United States and South Korea.

U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday urged the Pentagon to start moving U.S. military dependants, such as spouses and children, out of South Korea, saying conflict with North Korea was getting close.

But while Beijing is openly opposed to the North Korean nuclear program, they are certainly not in favor of the U.S. invading North Korea, putting an end to the Kim government, and either reunifying North Korea with the US-friendly South or installing a US-friendly regime in North Korea.

US B-1B bombers are set to participate in joint US-South Korea aerial drills over the Korean peninsula, according to a Yonhap report.

"If necessary, the president and the United States will have to take care of it, because he has said he's not going to allow this murderous, rogue regime to threaten the United States with the-with the most-destructive weapons on the planet". The operation in question has North Korea in mind and is aimed at practicing for any potential need to neutralize North Korean nuclear and missile targets.

North Korea has tested dozens of ballistic missiles, two of which flew over Japan, and conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test in September.

The Trump Administration does not seem to consider the North Korean dictator to be a rational actor, and therefore, seems to believe he can not be deterred.

"Through the exercise, the South Korean and US air forces have demonstrated the alliance's strong will and capability for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Pyongyang for a four-day visit Tuesday, the first time a high-ranking United Nations official visited the country since 2012. US and Korean forces have been preparing the for Vigilant Ace for weeks.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit China next Wednesday for a summit with his counterpart Xi Jinping, Seoul's presidential Blue House said.

"I don't think you or anybody else is willing to bet the farm, or a US city on the decision-making-rational decision-making of Kim Jong Un", McMaster said.

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