The United States Navy has sent a nuclear-powered submarine to the Korean Peninsula. The USS Michigan arrived at a port in South Korea on Tuesday. The sub’s presence in the area is being called routine by the military, yet is comes as tensions between the United States and North Korea are disintegrating.
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The USS Michigan arrived in Busan, and, unlike most strategic use of submarines, the USS Michigan made its presence known.
The sub carries as many as 154 non-nuclear Tomahawk missiles. The news of the sub’s presence came as North Korea prepared for the 85th anniversary of the North Korean People’s Army’s founding.
To mark that anniversary, that army began live fire drills. Fox News is reporting as many as 400 long range artillery pieces were used.
While the show of force is significant, the Trump administration continues to press for diplomatic solutions. On Monday, President Trump called for UN sanctions to be strengthened. He has labeled North Korea “a problem that we have to finally solve.”
“The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable,” Trump told a meeting with the 15 UN Security Council held at the White House. “The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”
How to solve the problem has polarized the nation. While many are still advocating a peaceful solution, precautions are being made, clearly, for a military solution.
Wednesday morning may provide clarity. Secretary of State Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joint Chiefs chairman General Joseph Dunford, have called all 100 senators to a briefing that will be held at the White House.
While the photographs clearly show the USS Michigan at port in Busan, it is unknown what else the countries allied in opposition to North Korea may have in place. The USS Vinson and its supporting destroyers are on their way to the area. The news that the Vinson attack group was not in the area surprised many who believed misleading statements from the White House that indicated otherwise.
As of now, North Korean responses have remained defiant. They labeled the arrival of the USS Carl Vinson as “an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade.”
“The United States should not run amok and should consider carefully any catastrophic consequence from its foolish military provocative act,’ Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, opined.