On Thursday morning, we reported that U.S. government officials fear that North Korea is preparing to test another nuclear missile on Saturday as part of their big holiday “Day of the Sun,” which celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the deceased founding leader of North Korea and the grandfather of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Now, President Donald Trump is preparing to launch a preemptive strike on North Korea should they move forward with a nuclear test. Senior intelligence officials have just confirmed that Trump has positioned a pair of destroyers in perfect striking distance from the Hermit Kingdom, just 300 miles away from their nuclear test site.
The New York Post reported that the ships Trump sent are equipped with conventional weapons, such as Tomahawk cruise missiles. In addition, the U.S. military has heavy bombers in Guam that are ready to attack North Korea if needed.
The officials said the strike on North Korea would likely be made up of both missiles and bombs, while also including the use of cyber and special operations on the ground. However, experts have warned that any strike on North Korea could provoke Kim Jong Un to launch an attack on South Korea or US ships in the region.
“The leadership in North Korea has shown absolutely no sign or interest in diplomacy or dialogue with any of the countries involved in this issue,” explained Victor Cha, Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
North Korea released a statement on Thursday saying they would launch a “merciless retaliatory strike” against the US, should it take action against them.
“By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the US is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war,” the statement read.
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