US WC-135 'Nuke Sniffer' Arrives in Japan as World Watches Pyongyang

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The warning came in the form of a surprise military exercise in Japan on Wednesday, sending a clear and strong warning to Kim Jong Un amid rising tensions in the region, reported Fox News. Military officials call it the Air Force's largest combat-ready wing.

The jets in the arsenal of the 18th Wing, which conducted the exercise, include HH-60 Pave Hawks, F-15 Eagles, E-3 Sentries and KC-135 Stratotankers.

While at Mildenhall airbase Air Force spokeswoman Erika Yepsen claimed the "nuke sniffer" was on a scheduled routine mission, and refuted speculation the plane had been deployed to investigate an alleged Russian nuclear test near Norway.

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Following a controversial missile launch on Syria ordered by US President Donald Trump, a US carrier strike troop led by the USS Carl Vinson sailed toward the Korean Peninsula, prompting Pyongyang to warn Washington that there would be "catastrophic consequences" if they conducted a preemptive strike against the North.

"I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea", Trump tweeted on Friday.

Trump himself did not do much to relieve the tension, tweeting Tuesday that "North Korea is looking for trouble" and that if China chose not to "solve the North Korean problem", the US would "solve the problem without them!" Most recently, after a U.S. Navy strike group headed toward the western Pacific, a North-run newspaper responded by threatening the "toughest counteraction".

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"If the US comes up with a unsafe military option, then the first card is in our hands".

Pyongyang has been working to develop a missile with a nuclear warhead attached that is capable of reaching the USA, feeling justified by the Syria strike despite global calls for denuclearization. "This means war", Han said.

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