If you thought the Trump administration was busy today playing war, think again. They aren’t done quite yet for the day. Reports have come in that there is a possibility of a preemptive strike with “conventional weapons” being conducted against North Korea.
‘The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.’
This revelation seemed to be in response to the fact North Korea has been dropping hints of an upcoming “big event,” which could possibly mean a sixth nuclear test.
The New York Times reported:
‘New satellite images suggest that North Korea might soon conduct another underground detonation in its effort to learn how to make nuclear arms – its sixth explosive test in a decade and perhaps its most powerful yet.’
With the birthday of Kim Jong-un’s grandfather, Kim il-Sung, being on Saturday, the fear is that North Korea would use it as the perfect day for a nuclear test. They call the date the “Day of the Sun.” It’s a fitting name for a nuclear test, don’t you think?
The latest moves by the American military do seem to show there is some sort of concern and preparations underway in case something goes down. NBC reported:
‘The intelligence officials told NBC News that the U.S. has positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles in the region, one just 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site.’
Furthermore, bombers are also stationed in Guam, and the USS Carl Vinson reversed course and went back to that area.
North Korea has responded, of course, saying they would unleash a “merciless retaliatory strike” if the U.S. strikes.
‘By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the U.S. is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war.’
Of course, that’s only if North Korea had nuclear weapons capable of doing any damage to anywhere. Experts do not believe North Korea has the capability of launching an intercontinental missile, much less a nuclear weapon that could reach U.S. ground. However, they could do plenty of damage to neighboring areas.
Despite the prepping, the U.S. would still be required to consult with South Korea before making such a move, as Seoul citizens could be the target of North Korean retaliation. Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se stated:
‘U.S. officials, mindful of such concerns here, repeatedly reaffirmed that (the U.S.) will closely discuss with South Korea its North-Korea-related measures. In fact, the U.S. is working to reassure us that it will not, just in case that we might hold such concerns.’
The fact remains, however, that even if these preparations are simply an attempt at being ready for anything, just prepping for a retaliatory strike increases tensions. One intelligence official told NBC News:
‘It’s high stakes. We are trying to communicate our level of concern and the existence of many military options to dissuade the North first.
‘It’s a feat that we’ve never achieved before but there is a new sense of resolve here.’
China, so far, has seemingly cooperated with the U.S. and have sent negotiators to North Korea to discuss the possibility of a peaceful resolution. They’ve also refused boatloads of coal they import from North Korea. With that pressure, the idea of a peaceful resolution could be possible.
However, President “Trigger-Happy” Trump is ready if China can’t or won’t help. He tweeted Thursday:
‘I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., and its allies will!’
You can tell he’s super serious by the exclamation point at the end. The only thing that could make his tweet more legitimate is if he did it in all caps. Regardless, the tensions in that area of the world between the carriers and the destroyers positioned outside of North Korea and the North Korean leadership is tight and soaked with gasoline. Any spark could ignite a war, and that in and of itself is truly terrifying.
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