- Prior to the North Korean missile, Japan had just tested its M142 High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System.
- this test was related to operation Northern Viper (NV17), a US-Japan military drill exercise which took place on Hokkaido from 10-28 of August. US Marines and Japanese ground troops were involved, as well as F-16 fighters, MV-22 Osprey aircraft and military helicopters.
- Every year the USA also conducts something called the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian war games. Lasting 10 days, it involves many thousands of troops from South Korean and the USA, as well as some from Australia, and serves as a show of force and rehearsal for war with North Korea. North Korean leadership has repeatedly objected to these drills. (Australia hosts US military bases, as well as US troops, aircraft and warships).
- yesterday, Ja Song Nam, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN asked the UN Security Council for urgent talks on these military exercises. He said they were like “fuel to [an] open fire” and he pointed out that the exercises were “a provocative and aggressive joint military exercise at this critical moment of the Korean Peninsula, where the situation is just like a time bomb.”
- US trade sanctions have hit North Korea at a time when their harvest has been poor and food supplies are low. The population is suffering.
A U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey takes off after Marine
Special Operations School students infiltrate their objective during
Field Training Exercise Raider Spirit, May 1, 2017, at Camp Lejeune,
N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy)
Warrior Wednesday: Cpl. William Cox, an armorer at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest, provides security as an MV-22 Osprey prepares to take off in Zaranj, Nimroz province, Afghanistan on December 30, 2011.
AN AWESOME PIC of an US Marine Corps Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II refueling from a Boeing MV-22 Osprey.
A really cool thing about this photo is the afterburner on the F-35 while it has the lift fan and hover systems engaged halfway.
INDIAN OCEAN (July 16, 2015) An MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 265 (Reinforced), takes off from the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is in the Indian Ocean participating in Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor A. Elberg/Released)
A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey assigned to Special Purpose MAGTF - CR - CC stages on a hasty landing zone during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel drill at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 16, 2015.