The threat North Korea poses to the US and other parts of the world is looming on the horizon.
According to the Washington Examiner, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that each missile launch reveals how much more dangerous North Korea becomes. He believes North Korea will have the ability to launch a nuclear weapon at the US in a matter of “months.”
At a question-and-answer session at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Pompeo revealed the terrifying possibility, “They are closer now than they were five years ago, and I expect they will be closer in five months than they are today, absent a global effort to push back against them. It’s now a matter of thinking about, how do you stop the final step?”
President Trump and his administration have been walking the fine line of trying to resolve the matter both with diplomacy and intimidation tactics. Over time, both efforts have been ramping up in the face of impending attack by the hostile nation.
The New York Times reports that the UN, under insistence from the White House, imposed severe sanctions against North Korea to halt their nuclear program and pressure them into resolving the matter peacefully or face economic disaster.
North Korea released a statement saying the sanctions have been disastrous for the nation that has relied on the global economy. “The colossal amount of damage caused by these sanctions to the development of our state and the people’s livelihood is beyond anyone’s calculation.”
Over the weekend, the US flew two bombers over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. One of the US B-1B strategic bombers flew a mere 150 meters off the ground above the Seoul Air Base during the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition.
Yet these efforts seem to have gone unnoticed as North Korea continues issuing threats and shows little signs of ceasing their nuclear program. This continued defiant stance has many of the world’s nations preparing to fight back should North Korea act on their threats.
According to CNBC, US B-52 bombers are being loaded with nuclear arms and are in the works to be put on 24-hour alert in anticipation of an assault by North Korea. If put on 24-hour alert, this would be the first time since the Cold War.
Air Force Chief of Staff, General David Goldfein says these types of measures are necessary, “This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared. I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.”
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Pompeo does note that if North Korea reaches the ability to attack the US, there will still be time to resolve the matter before a launch occurs. “It’s one thing to be able to deliver a single missile along a certain set of trajectories to a certain destination. Even once you hit the he-can-do-it once moment, there’s great risk that proceeds from the continuation of the development of those programs that far exceeds the moment that there is a consensus revolving around whether he can reliably pull it off for a single missile system.”
In any case, North Korea shows no sign of stopping its nuclear program and continues to show hostility and defiance to opposing countries. With the hostile regime swiftly reaching the ability to attack the US with nuclear arms, the need for the tension to be resolved is drawing close — be it peacefully or with force.