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China, Russia, North Korea, Iran testing U.S. military strength during COVID-19


U.S. military in San Diego, California (Photo by Michael Afonso on Unsplash)


While the vast majority of the globe is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, enemies of the United States of America are testing the strongest military in the world to see how exactly strong they are in the middle of this crisis.


In the past couple of weeks, four countries have already made moves to test the U.S. and its military force, and those nations are China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. With the U.S. military being restricted in the middle of the coronavirus, Washington has been tested in every way possible on land, by sea and in the air.


“Exactly how distracted is the U.S. military? They want to know,” stated the director of the defense program at the Center for a New American Security, Susanna Blume, talking about foreign nations.


Last week on Tuesday, Kim Jong-un and North Korea would launch ground cruise missiles, as well as air-to-surface missiles from their fighter jets into the ocean. This is the first time in three years that these kind of missiles have been launched by Pyongyang. But that's not the only action from North Korea. Back in March, they would try out their short-range ballistic missiles, part of heavy live-fire military exercises.


On Wednesday, a fighter jet out of Russia then approached a Navy reconnaissance aircraft, within 25 feet to be exact, while it was inverted. According to the U.S. Navy in a statement, the move put "pilots and crew at risk." This comes just one week after the U.S. Air Force was forced to intercept two Russian patrol aircraft outside of Alaska.


On that exact same day on Wednesday, a total of 11 ships out of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy would near U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, and would do so in "dangerous and harassing approaches."


For China, they continue to flex their muscles in the Pacific Ocean. On April 2 in the South China Sea, they would take out a Vietnamese fishing boat, while also having their aircraft carrier right outside of both Taiwan and Japan's waters.


“The Irans and the Chinas of the world are always looking for opportunities, and I think that they possibly see the potential for an opportunity right now given some of the public challenges that the military has had in adjusting its guidance to cope with the pandemic,” stated Blume, a former staffer of the Pentagon. “That’s not going to be lost on them, certainly.”

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