President Donald Trump and the United States military sent a strong message to North Korea last night, sending three nuclear-capable B-2 bombers and a number of troops to protect Guam.
As the Olympics loom near, North and South Korea have held talks aimed at defusing rising tensions over the North’s nuclear program. After a number of threats made towards Guam and the U.S. west coast by Kim Jong Un, President Trump appears to be sending a message that he wants North Korea to make some progress toward a resolution.
In the past, North Korea has agreed to talks and made overtures of concessions to their nuclear program, only to back off and continue with their efforts. The United States seems concerned that this is yet another stall tactic by North Korea to keep their missile program going.
The announcement of the B-2 deployment was made by the Twitter account of the Pacific Air Forces, based in Hawaii.
The U.S. Air Force announced it has deployed three nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers and 200 air personnel to Guam — sending a strong signal to North Korea just a few days after its talks with South Korea.
The B-2s join a number of B-1 conventional bombers already deployed on the Pacific island.
It is unclear how long the B-2s will stay at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.
The Air Force last sent a lone B-2 bomber to Guam in October, but only for a few hours as part of a long-range training mission from its home base in Missouri.
The last time the U.S. sent three of the stealth bombers to Guam was in 2016.
Here is the tweet sent out by the Pacific Air Forces.
— PACAF (@PACAF) January 11, 2018
Here is video from Fox News.