AMU Asia Branch Homeland Security Intelligence Military Navy Opinion

U.S. Increases Presence in Korea

By William Tucker

The U.S. has been steadily increasing its military presence on the Korean Peninsula as of late. Though some of the earlier deployments were related to the joint U.S.-South Korean War games, it is the recent deployment of heavy bombers, stealth aircraft, and naval assets with missile defense capabilities that have drawn the most scrutiny. War with North Korea remains a distant possibility, but even China has taken measures with its military in preparation for such an eventuality. This really doesn’t change the reality of North Korea’s poor position, however. Given Pyongyang’s rhetoric it would seem that the country is prepared to act, but they haven’t made any discernible, large military movements beyond deploying some missiles. For now, rhetoric from North Korea is just that – rhetoric. That being said, we’ll continue to monitor the situation.

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