by Pamela Williams
North Korea said on Sunday it is ready to sink the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive “within days” but gave no other details.
There is speculation the United States may launch a preemptive on North Korea. In other words, North Korea will not be allowed to touch the nuclear trigger. The US now has one of its big guns within 300 miles from NK missile test site. The days of shallow earthquakes are over. The stage is set by North Korea and the United States at this time.
Tensions have been heightened between the US and the isolationist state ahead of North Korea’s 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People’s Army, which it will celebrate on Tuesday. It has in the past marked important anniversaries with tests of its weapons. No doubt, the US is not only facing North Korea’s provocative 85th anniversary, but now NK has threatened the USS Carl Vinson.
Along with these threats, North Korea detained a Korean-American man in his fifties on Friday, bringing the total number of U.S. citizens held by Pyongyang to three. The man, Tony Kim, had been in North Korea for a month teaching accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), the institution’s chancellor Chan-Mo Park told Reuters. He was arrested at Pyongyang International Airport on his way out of the country.
The situation is so delicate at this time, positioning is a threat. Russian bombers have been skirting off the Japanese coast and the US coast. The US is now watching in real time on satellite.
Published on Apr 22, 2017
Having repeatedly threatened the annihilation of its neightbor to the south, and most recently warning of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” against the US, one day after it emerged that Pyongyang appeared to have resumed activity at its Punggye-ri Nuclear test site, North Korea asked China not to step up anti-North sanctions, warning of “catastrophic consequences” in their bilateral relations.
In conclusion, According to the American private intelligence and analysis company Stratfor, the carrier group is currently located west of the Japanese island of Kyushu and is crossing the Korean Strait to the waters of the Sea of Japan toward the east coast of North Korea. There, according to Japanese media, citing sources in the country’s Self-Defense Forces, Japanese warships will also join them.
In addition to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the carrier group includes the missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and two destroyers, the USS Michael Murphy and the USS Wayne E. Meyer. The group is accompanied by nuclear submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles as well.
According to CNN, in the event of a nuclear test, B-52, B-1B, and B-2 strategic bombers of the US Air Force, which are at the US airbase on the island of Guam in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, can also be involved in a possible strike against North Korea. In addition, ground and ship missile defense systems of the United States, Japan and South Korea can be used to intercept North Korean missiles. This includes the American ships of the USS Carl Vinson carrier group, which are equipped with the Aegis Missile Defense System.
The website 38north.org, of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, reports that the latest satellite images indicate that North Korea has completed preparations for a possible new nuclear test.
“Commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 12 shows continued activity around the North Portal, new activity in the Main Administrative Area, and a few personnel around the site’s Command Center,” the article on the web site says.
US experts also claim that North Korea may be planning a sixth nuclear test. In February, Pyongyang launched ballistic missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan, which Washington and Tokyo strongly condemned. President of the United States Donald Trump said that he would not allow North Korea to build missiles capable of reaching US territory and is ready to take care of the problem without outside assistance.
by Pamela Williams