The US Navy strike submarine Michigan with cruise missiles on board at the end of this week will enter the South Korean port of Busan. This is reported on Tuesday by Seoul newspaper The Chosun Ilbo with reference to US military sources.
Michigan already visited Busan in April amid growing tensions over the North Korean nuclear missile program. It can carry on board up to 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles, including those with nuclear warheads. The sources of the newspaper emphasize that the nomination of this submarine to the Korean peninsula is a military demonstration against Pyongyang.
The situation on the Korean peninsula remains extremely tense. In July, the DPRK twice tested ballistic missiles. In turn, the US and its allies are constantly carrying out large-scale naval exercises in the region. The parties exchange tough statements, not excluding any option for the development of the situation, including the military one.
In the near future, the US Navy strike group led by the nuclear aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan will again be deployed in this region. It includes a cruiser and destroyers with cruise missiles on board. In combination with the potential of Michigan, all this gives the possibility of a simultaneous volley with so many Tomahawk, which will make a powerful blow to North Korea. According to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, it can be supplemented by aviation, including strategic bombers using special bombs to destroy objects located deep underground.
The group led by nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan left its Yokosuka base in Japan in September and conducted exercises with the Japanese Navy. This month, she came in with the consent of the Chinese authorities in Hong Kong.