US, Japan Deploy JASSM Missiles To Strike North Korea

Friday, July 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

Sean Adl-Tabatabai
July 7, 2017

The US and Japan have deployed Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs) towards North Korea in readiness to strike Pyongyang.

US F-16s and Japanese F-35s were sent to South Korea on Thursday in order to receive long-range missile ready to strike the North Korean regime. reports: The US Air Force in South Korea recently increased the range and strength of its aircraft with 10 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles, or JASSMs, that can hit Pyongyang with 2,000 pounds of explosives from almost 200 miles away, according to Yonhap News and other South Korean media reports.

The JASSM allows US F-16s to safely strike nuclear infrastructure and targets deep into North Korea from secure locations near Seoul.

The munition isn’t the only signal that the US is ramping up its response to North Korea.

A defense official told Yonhap that US military leaders were considering “making public a live-fire drill involving the JASSM in case North Korea carries out another strategic provocation, such as a sixth nuclear test.”

Lockheed Martin, the JASSM’s manufacturer, is working on an even longer-range variant of the missile that should be able to accurately strike targets over six hundred miles away.

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