In a new sign of force, US President Donald Trump deployed nuclear bombers to the Andersen Air Force Base on Guam earlier this week.
Former army intelligence officer Michael Pregent said: “It’s good to see the show of force in Guam.”
North Korea has been fanning World War 3 fears with its refusal to shut down its nuclear development programme – prompting Mr Trump to deploy three nuclear-capable B-2 Spirit bombers despite Pyongyang’s recent diplomatic meetings with South Korea.
Leader Kim Jong-un reopened communication channels with Seoul after two years of radio silence during which he continued to test long and mid-range missiles, threatening his neighbours in the South and the US overseas territory of Guam with threats of missile strikes.
Mr Pregent also praised President Trump for his role in convincing the two sparring countries to discuss a possible truce.
He told Fox News: “Part of all this is North Korea has been able to sell this message to the rest of the world that this is between North Korea and the United States. ‘Our missiles are aimed at the United States.’
“What’s good to hear is that the South Korean President has actually given President Trump credit for the talks between the two countries.”
The nuclear bombers join several conventional B-1 Lancer bombers on Guam in support of US Pacific Command’s deterrence and assurance mission in the Pacific.
It comes days after President Trump deployed supercarrier USS Carl Vinson to monitor the coasts of the Korean Peninsula during the Winter Olympics scheduled to take place in PyeongChang in February.
The USS Carl Vinson set sail for the Korean peninsula last week accompanied by guided-missile destroyers and warships, reaching waters near North Korea before the opening ceremony of South Korea’s PyeongChang Olympics.
The games will begin on February 8 with the opening ceremony set to take place the next day.
This comes amid a period of heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, with the nuclear-armed North showing no signs of backing down in its continued pursuit of bigger and more powerful weapons.
Just last month, officials in the US state of Hawaii tested the island’s nuclear attack alarms which have sat silent since the end of the Cold War.
Writing on its website, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said: “While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps.
“Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness.
President Donald Trump has been engaged in a long-running war of words with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, with the pair trading personal insults mixed with threats of nuclear war.