Tensions have been rising dramatically between the U.S. and North Korea over the past few weeks. Now, it appears they have reached a boiling point.
Daily Mail reported that over 1,200 highly-trained U.S. Marines and 13 powerful military aircrafts just landed in Darwin, Australia “ready to fight” North Korea. The Marines arrived in Australia’s tropical north on Tuesday to begin a six-month deployment during which they will participate in conduct exercises with Australian and visiting Chinese forces.
This is part of the 25-year annual deployment program that will see the U.S. “pivot” to Asia at a time of increased assertiveness by China.
“I think that the commitment that we’ve taken to put a task force here with a conversation to get larger over the years says that we do think this is an important region,” said Marines’ commander Lieutenant Colonel Brian Middleton. “Being close to south-east Asia and the Indian Ocean, the Indo Pacific position has always been important.”
Middleton said the 13 aircrafts include tilt-rotor Ospreys, Super Cobra helicopters and Huey helicopters, triple the four aircraft in past deployments.
Australia has tried to stay in the middle on the disputed South China Sea and has drawn criticisms from both sides. China has spoken out against Australian freedom-of-navigation flights in the area and a senior U.S. soldier has called on Australia to do more there. However, this comes after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull condemned the rogue North Korean regime as a “reckless” and “dangerous” threat to the security of Australia.
“The North Korean regime is a threat to the peace of the region,” he told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday. “It is a threat to all of its neighbours in the region, and if it were able to develop a missile that could travel as far as the United States with a warhead, or as far as Australia, then it obviously could threaten Australia and, indeed, the United States.”
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