The situation between North Korea and the United States grows more toxic by the day. People around the world are watching and waiting to see what happens next.
Nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan is participating in military exercises next week in preparation for military conflict in Northeast Asia. The drills are set to take place for ten days, and 40 naval vessels will be involved. In response, North Korea is moving their missiles into position as a response, according to The Daily Caller.
In response to the training, the North Korean state media said, “This is a reckless act of war maniacs as it only drives the tense situation on the peninsula to the point of explosion.”
This message is coming from a country in the midst of threatening to nuke the United States. It seems odd that they would call us (or the South Koreans) “war maniacs.”
North Korea also stated, “US must know it’s not difficult for the DPRK nuclear force to wipe out its war forces and US mainland is within our striking range.”
The empty threats from North Korea are a clear sign that they are nervous. The dictator-run regime has made multiple threats to the United States, often timing the threats with missile tests. They view our presence in the region as an act of war, and frequently levy warnings to our forces, adding additional layers of tension to an already terse situation.
Both the United States and South Korea have used their intelligence to locate missile activity in North Korea. The weapons are currently being loaded onto launchers in several strategic locations around the country.
In the past, North Korea fired a Hwangseong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan. They have tested other missiles throughout the year, such as the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile.
North Korea has a track record of trying to disrupt allied combat drills. It is hard to say whether or not they would actually try to stage an attack.
Many people thought that North Korea would conduct a missile test on or around October 10th, which is the anniversary of the day the North Korean communist party was established. Luckily, the day passed without incident, and there was no word of any missile launches — until now.
North Korea is moving missiles into position. Are they preparing for war?
The worry is that North Korea will attempt an attack on Guam, which they have threatened in the past. President Trump has stated that an attack on Guam would essentially spell the end for North Korea. He has encouraged them to rethink their options.
The goal is to end the conflict between North Korea and the rest of the world peacefully. However, North Korea does not seem willing to comply with this standard. They continue to provoke the US despite multiple warnings. Trump has confirmed that, in the event of an attack, we are “locked and loaded.” All we can hope for now is that North Korea comes to their senses, and backs down from their suicide mission.