The US already has a massive Navy, especially compared to North Korea, and such a war is likely to almost immediately boil down to massive mortar and missile fire back and forth, including potential nuclear exchanges.
South Korean defense authorities on Wednesday said the bombers staged a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with two South Korean fighters over the Sea of Japan. In August, Pyongyang threatened to shoot intermediate range missiles towards the vicinity of Guam, a target frequently subjected to sabre-rattling from the North.
"The Korean-American relationship is very important and our visit to Chinhae gives us the opportunity to strengthen the outstanding relationship that exists between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea", said Commander Chad Hardt, the submarine's commanding officer, according to a release issued by Pacific Command.
(Korean Central News Agency) In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, South Korea's Hyunmu-2 ballistic missile is fired during an exercise aimed to counter North Korea's nuclear test on September 4, 2017 in East Coast, South Korea.
While Mattis told the troops to stand ready, President Donald Trump tweeted that "policy didn't work" with North Korea, reiterating his assertions that diplomacy has failed time and time again under various presidents.
While the officials said the exercises are long scheduled and not in response to recent tensions, similar exercises have prompted strong condemnation from North Korea in the past.
They include planned attacks on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "decapitate" the North's leadership in case war breaks out.
Both of those locations are in the DMZ, which was created at the end of the Korean War.
He is expected to visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines in early November, but the exact dates have not yet been determined.
Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam will hold strategic talks with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on Oct. 18 in Seoul, according to Seoul's foreign ministry.
If the United States attacks North Korea, Britain is expecting to be quickly sucked into the conflict. North Korea needs time and proof to believe that abandoning its nuclear programme will contribute to its own political and economic advantage. "No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles".
"Cyber experts say North Korea should be ranked among the top 5 in the world".
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