South Korean and US military forces have continued to run joint training exercises in the event of infiltrating and disarming North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction.
In something that sounds like it’s straight from a Metal Gear Solid storyline, a US special forces unit codename the ‘Black Jack Brigade’ are running training exercises and drills in the possible event that they may need to go into the DPRK to dismantle the supposed nuclear arsenal of Kim Jong-un.
Again, take any of this information leaking out from Newsweek and Yonhap News Agency with a pinch of salt, if it was a special infiltration mission it would be classified as ‘covert ops’. The keyword being ‘covert’.
There’s nothing covert about a military operation if it’s being published by the media before it’s taken place, but I guess that’s the world we live now, isn’t it.
The military exercise, dubbed ‘Warrior Strike’ took place at Camp Stanley, north of Seoul, as well as other locations which involved ‘hundreds of soldiers’ from both nations.
Black Jack Brigade’s company, the US 2nd Infantry Division, posted a series of photos of their unit conducting the four-day joint exercises on Facebook.
Images showed the soldiers equipped with high-tech military equipment including scoped rifles and night vision goggles.
The US military has not commented on these so-called military drills, however, Lt. Col. Christopher B. Logan told Business Insider that:
… exercises are vital to the readiness of the U.S. and our allies, and ensure we are ready and trained for combined-joint operations.
Furthermore, video footage shows snow camouflaged soldiers moving around and through buildings in squad formations in snow-covered environments in preparation for urban or subterranean operations.
These preparations only highlight the mounting tension between North Korea and South Korea and the United States.
This year North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has threatened both the US and his neighbours with nuclear warfare, flown test missiles over Japan and it’s been reported he wants to test intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with anthrax. His brash behaviour isn’t helped by the equally antagonising comments of US President Donald Trump (I will never get used to typing that FYI) who has dubbed Kim as ‘Rocket Man’.
Trump’s administration recently released its National Security Strategy, which warned North Korea was:
…pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile.
North Korea—a country that starves its own people—has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that could threaten our homeland
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