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Since the elevation of Kim Jong-Un to the position of Supreme Leader in North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom has been behaving in a more bellicose and erratic manner than is usual. While the leaders of the unusual Stalinist state are known for their aggressive and threatening statements, Pyongyang is now beginning to show more inclination to follow up their words with actions.
Recently, the North Koreans fired four missiles in the direction of Japan, three of which landed in Japanese waters. In response to this escalation of hostilities, the American Department of Defence has announced that the United States will be stepping up their military presence in the Korean peninsula in the form of an attack drone system and a permanent support staff.
United States to step up military presence on the Korean peninsula
The United States plans to send two or three sensor-rich MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones to South Korea, according to Commander Gary Ross. These drone planes are capable of carrying Stinger and Hellfire missiles as well as other lethal armaments, but the spokespeople from the Department of Defence have stressed that they will primarily be used for intelligence gathering purposes.
It is not yet clear what the point of North Korea’s unexpected attack on Japanese waters was supposed to signify. Throughout history, the Japanese have dominated both regions of the Korean peninsula and the imperialistic period was fraught with hideous abuse of the native Korean people, something which the authorities in Pyongyang still feel deeply bitter about. However, it is likely that the attack on Japanese waters was directed towards the United States rather than the Japanese.
The bizarre missile attack came shortly after the annual military drill between the US Army and their South Korean allies, a training exercise which the North Koreans complain is highly provocative. In the past, this particular drill has regularly drawn a reaction from the authorities in Pyongyang who claim that they are the supreme authority in the entire Korean peninsula. Therefore, it is believed that the North Koreans were possibly aiming their missiles towards one of the numerous military bases that the United States has maintained on Japanese soil since the resolution of the Second World War. It is logical to assume that these military bases would be a favored target if the North Koreans chose to declare war on the United States.