In “Largest-Ever” Military Drill, US Orders 16,000 Troops, 230 Jets To Simulate War With North Korea

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Originally appeared at Zero Hedge

Just days after Pyongyang launched its most advanced ICBM, one which experts warned has the potential to hit a target anywhere on the territory of the United States, North Korea said the U.S. is “begging” for a nuclear war by planning the “largest-ever” joint aerial drill with South Korea just after concluding an exercise with nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, Bloomberg reported.

Should the Korean peninsula and the world be embroiled in the crucible of nuclear war because of the reckless nuclear war mania of the U.S., the U.S. will have to accept full responsibility for it,” North Korea’s state-run KCNA said Saturday, citing a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement came after Yonhap News reported that six U.S. Raptor stealth fighters planes arrived in South Korea on Saturday for a joint air drill named “Vigilant Ace 18” scheduled for Dec. 4 to 8. The F-22s flew into South Korea together in a show of force. The stealth fighters, however, were just a small part of the upcoming show of force: according to local media, some 230 aircraft and up to 16,000 soldiers and airmen are taking part in the drill, which is one of the biggest ever of its kind.

As part of “Vigilant Ace”, US and South Korean forces will be rehearsing for a full-scale war with North Korea, with Yonhap noting that “allies plan to stage simulated attacks on mock North Korean nuclear and missile targets.”

Despite Pyongyang’s harsh rhetoric, US commanders have downplayed the drill – claiming it is “regular” and not a direct response to North Korea.

According to the WSJ, at least 230 US and Southg Korean warplanes will take part, alongside 12,000 US troops from the Air Force, Marines and Navy and airmen with another 4,000 expected to represent Seoul.” The drill, which lasts from December 4 until December 8, will see aircraft flying over eight airbases in across the Korean Peninsula.

In "Largest-Ever" Military Drill, US Orders 16,000 Troops, 230 Jets To Simulate War With North Korea

The stars of the drill will be the state-of-the-art F-35 Lightning IIs and F-22 Raptors leading the US’s wing. Both fighter jets outmatch anything in North Korea’s arsenal and could win most of the war against Kim by themselves.

F-35s can fly at speeds of 1,200mph and are capable of carrying nuclear bombs and bunker busters.

Meanwhile, the F-22 can hit speeds of up to 1,500 mph and are armed with Vulcan miniguns and Sidewinder missiles.

Commenting on the historic exercise, the US military said that “Vigilant Ace 18 highlights the longstanding military partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between two nations. It is designed to ensure peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, and reaffirms the U.S. commitment to stability in the Northeast Asia region.”

In "Largest-Ever" Military Drill, US Orders 16,000 Troops, 230 Jets To Simulate War With North Korea

F-22s will be dispatched to take part in Vigilant Ace

In reality, it will likely provoke North Korea into yet another ICBM launch.  To be sure, while the Kim regime traditionally rages over the drills on its border, claiming they are rehearsals for invasion, although it may well be right: US forces have been flooding into the Pacific this year with warships, warplanes, missiles and the army all on standby.

Vigilant Ace comes after Donald Trump warned he would “take care” of North Korea following the missile test.

Meanwhile, showing no signs of de-escalation, North Korea has tested dozens of missiles this year, and claimed its nukes can now hit the US. Kim is also feared to be readying the dreaded Juche Bird missile – a live nuke fired out into the heart of the Pacific.

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  • Serious

    Give Kim nuclear weapons. He is the only who have balls to solve the world problem for good.

    • Rodger

      He’s had them since 2006.

  • Serious

    So, anyone in the world except isral and USA can create weapons ??? XD.

  • Serious

    “I will invade you because you create weapons to protect you”. XD.

  • Serious

    “How dare you create weapons ??? We, Americans, are a peaceful people. Indeed, we live in our lands since 10000 years and we never created weapons to invade defendless country”. XD.

  • Hezbollah86

    The US: Oh you did another test ok, commander sound the alarm new military drills and exercises are inbound.
    The NK: Oh ok so new drills a, ok then new test are inbound, we will do this forever.
    The world: Look at those 2 doggies they are just barking and barking, but the odd thing is the barking dog never bites.

    • SnowCatzor

      Pretty much, a never-ending cycle of chest-pumping.

    • Rodger

      Yeah, and NK is winning because the US acts just as badly as it does.

      • John Brown

        What has NK done that this bad? Please list with proof.
        We don’t have to ask that question of the USSA government as the list would be hundreds of pages. Lets just put the number of countries unlawfully attacked, governments overthrown at 50 plus and at least 80 million murdered, hundreds if not millions of crimes against humanity and war crimes against American citizens as well only since WW2.

        • EL ZORRO

          The UNITED STATES has been at war for 222 years out of 239 years. That’s 93% of the time!; Since the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, It grow TOO POWERFUL AND ARROGANT and wreak ruin upon the earth NATIONS and the human race.

  • Gary Sellars

    Can’t imagine why NK might feel it needs nukes to defend itself…

  • RichardD

    Looks like genocide to me:

    “After destroying North Korea’s 78 cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians, [General] LeMay remarked, “Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.” It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel lost nearly a third its population of 8 – 9 million people during the 37-month long “hot” war, 1950 – 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerance of another.”

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/know-the-facts-north-korea-lost-close-to-30-of-its-population-as-a-result-of-us-bombings-in-the-1950s/22131

  • Eskandar Black

    Hahaha, you losers are pathetic. No one is nuking the US. DPRK is an evil, hermit kingdom that tortures millions of people in a concentration camp. The reason that any north Koreans live at all, has nothing to do with their nuclear deterrent, or military ability to defend themselves. The US does tend to have a bit if a bull in the china shop foreign policy, but the DPRK missile project has nothing to do with that, and will likely leads to mass death within 3 years.

  • EL ZORRO

    “IN “LARGEST-EVER” MILITARY DRILL, US ORDERS 16,000 TROOPS, 230 JETS TO SIMULATE WAR WITH NORTH KOREA”…TRANSLATION…U.S ORDER 16000 TROOPS, 230 JETS TO A PERMANENT STATE OF CONFRONTATION WITH N. KOREA, BUT N. KOREA IT’S THE “AGGRESSOR”.