Donald Trump just sent North Korea a powerful message

North Korea hasn’t slowed down its reckless weapons testing.

After testing a 100-Kiloton early in September, they most recently fired a ballistic missile over Japan setting off air raid sirens and sending civilians scrambling for shelter.

But Donald Trump and the U.S. Air Force just responded with the only message Kim Jong Un will understand.

The U.S. Pacific Air Forces flew two B-1Bs and four F-35Bs in combination with four Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters and four South Korean F-15K fighter jets carried out live-fire bombing drills.

While the military will often respond to North Korea’s aggressive testing with flyovers, the live fire bombing drills are intended to send a louder message to Kim Jong Un.

A release from the Air Force stated:

“U.S. Pacific Command maintains the ability to respond to any threat in the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater at a moment’s notice.”

A former Associated Press reporter explained the significance of the live-fire bombing drill:

While Trump administration officials continue to insist diplomacy is the “preferred option” with North Korea, The Daily Caller notes that mentions of a military option are becoming more frequent.

“There is a military option,” White House National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster said at a press briefing Friday, adding that it is not America’s preferred course of action. “We’re out of time,” he told reporters.

“I have no problem kicking it to General Mattis” for a military solution, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said at the same briefing, explaining the UN has exhausted its options.

What are your thoughts on Trump’s responses to North Korea’s aggressive behavior?

Is he striking the right balance between a show of force and pursuing diplomacy?

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