U.S. military exercises on the Korean Peninsula to enhance the ability to respond to the crisis in the Taiwan Strait
3 11, Busan, South Korea, a few people look into the distance involved in the exercise of the United States,” Stennis “aircraft carrier and the Seventh Fleet command ship” Blue Ridge “. International Herald Tribune AFP
freelance writer made the sea from Beijing on March 9, in Korea, “of smoke”, code-named “critical determination” of the Korea-US joint military exercise kicked off, more than 26,000 U.S. soldiers, more than 50,000 South Korean soldiers in South Korea within the context of the whole territory of combat exercises. On the same day, North Korea announced cut off ties with South Korea’s military communications, and ordered all soldiers ready for battle.
explosive situation in the Korean peninsula.
U.S. expedition to the local carrier in East Asia
South Korean military official said the exercise hypothesis “enemy attack”, the South Korean military exercises and war U.S. troops sent to reinforce the convergence of the Korean Peninsula and coordination. With similar previous exercises, this year held a “critical determination” exercise at the same time, will also code-named “vulture” in the joint field maneuver training, including special operations, amphibious operations, air superiority, defense and other cities.
out media rumors of North Korean “civil unrest” and “missile” in the context of the “critical determination” exercise not only in time from the traditional 4-5 days to 12 days, the U.S. military troops overseas investment also increased significantly. In 2008, the reinforcements from outside Korea, for the 6,000 U.S. soldiers, this year there are more than 14,000 U.S. military “rush to the Korean Peninsula”. Reinforcement of U.S. troops mainly from Japan, Guam and the United States in three directions.
main direction for the U.S. Marines in Japan 3rd Marine Division, Navy 5th Air Force 18th Wing, 35th Fighter Wing, 374 Airlift Wing is part of the third force; Guam direction mainly B-52, B-2 bomber squadrons, 15 nuclear-powered attack submarine squadron some troops; the United States are sent to the 3rd Fleet in place “John Stennis” nuclear aircraft carrier as the core of the carrier battle groups. The troops were completed before the end of February this year, the exercise assembly.
of which 10.2 million tons full load displacement, “Stennis’ aircraft carrier from Naval Base San Diego, California, starting Feb. 18 carrying 5,000 sailors and other four ships arrived in Hong Kong care rest. February 27 morning, “Stennis’ aircraft carrier docked in Japan Sasebo naval fleet. During the exercise, in order to prevent North Korea test-fired “Taepodong” 2 long-range ballistic missiles, the U.S. military out of the “Aegis” guided missile destroyers to seven on a scale rarely seen in the previous exercise.
North Korea preparing military response
for South Korea’s large-scale joint military exercises, peaceful reunification of Korea Committee issued a statement on March 5, announced the exercise North Korea can not be guaranteed during the airspace and the surrounding areas, especially in East Sea of ??Korea around the Korean airspace safety of civil aircraft.
3 September, the High Command of the Korean People’s Army press release, announced that the High Command to the People’s Army has issued orders to make all combat readiness, ready to wipe out the enemy invasion. Korean People’s Army High Command said in a statement, from participating in the exercise time to read the number and exercise, this exercise scale “unprecedented” for the “preemptive attack” the DPRK to do a preview. Statement that morning before the exercise, the United States transferred 12 from the local F-16 fighter-bombers and more than 400 Air Force personnel deployed to Suwon Air Base and Osan, Kunsan Air Base deployed to dozens of other overseas bases since the fighter-bombers, fighters, electronic jamming aircraft, air refueling and so on.
In response, North Korea during the exercise of the military demarcation line in the east, west north-south management area to take strict military control measures, and cut off the North-South military communication lines. North Korea also said if the U.S. and South Korea to intercept North Korean launch satellite for peaceful purposes, it “means war.”
U.S. troop movements, testing the world’s ability to
face of North Korea’s “strong protest”, the U.S. Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell said, He does not believe that North Korea is South Korea’s statement a “special threat,” while he does not believe “in the US-ROK military exercises in South Korea, the United States or the aircraft need to fly into North Korean airspace.” In fact, in addition to “prepare” the practice of the Korean Peninsula, but the U.S. “critical determination” Another large-scale joint military exercise is to test the U.S. goal of global deployment capabilities.
“9.11″ incident, the U.S. military in order to further improve the response speed of the crisis hot spots, has proposed a so-called “6 +2″ program, that is 30 days to send six hot spots aircraft carrier battle group, and in three months and then transfer two aircraft carriers to reinforce or replace. However, in May 2008, plans to take over “Kitty Hawk” in Japan’s “Washington” aircraft carrier in the relief of the way an accidental fire, the entire U.S. Pacific theater of combat duty with the troops stretched, which also makes the outside of the U.S. military in a crisis smooth implementation of the troops during the transfer, resulting in huge doubt.
the “critical determination” exercise will be South Korea, the U.S. military’s battlefield organization and expedition “rush to the” ability to conduct a comprehensive inspection. Through exercises, the U.S. military in Taiwan, Diaoyu Islands and other hot spots of other East Asian crisis response capacities will be further enhanced.
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