Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have been escalating at an alarming rate over the past few weeks. Now, they appear to have reached a boiling point.
The Daily Caller reported that a U.S. defense official just confirmed that we’ve detected signs that China is preparing for a military crisis on the peninsula. The official said China has put People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) land-attack, cruise-missile capable bombers “on high alert,” adding that experts believe the Chinese military is moving to boost its military readiness possibly to “reduce the time to react to a North Korea contingency.”
This came hours after North Korea warned the U.S. of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” following U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement that the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear program.
“In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes,” said the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party.
Earlier this week, it was reported that China had put all five military regions on alert and instructed units to be ready to move at any time in the event of a conflict. Some reports indicate that China has moved 150,000 troops to the border in preparation for problems, but no evidence that supports this has been made public.
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