North Korea has, again, threatened to wage war on the United States.
The latest provocation? South Korea says its rogue neighbor has moved a missile with “considerable range” to its east coast, in preparation to strike.
This after a spokesman for the North Korean army warned the U.S. that it has been “cleared to wage an attack” using “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear” weapons.
South Korea said the missile moved is not capable of hitting the U.S.
Still, someone might want to send Dennis Rodman over there ASAP to cool things down, with tensions clearly rising between the bordering nations.
Reports in the Japanese and South Korean media said the missile could be a KN-08, which is believed to be a long-range missile that could hit the United States.
However, South Korean defense experts say the missile’s range is considerable but not far enough to hit the U.S. mainland, at least not at the present time.
They said the range was likely around 1,800 miles, and did not know the reasons behind the missile movement, saying it “could be for testing or drills.”
That would make Japan and South Korea potential targets, but little is known about the missile’s accuracy; previous North Korea missile tests have failed.
North Korea has railed for weeks against joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises taking place in South Korea and has expressed anger over sanctions.
The army spokesman said that its troops have been authorized to counter “all U.S. aggression” with “powerful practical military counteractions.”
National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden called the threats “unhelpful and unconstructive.” That’s putting it mildly … and non-aggressively.
The Pentagon said in Washington that it will deploy a missile defense system to the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam to strengthen regional protection.
The defense secretary said the U.S. was seeking to defuse the situation.
Despite the rhetoric, analysts say they do not expect a nuclear attack by North Korea, which knows the move could trigger a destructive, suicidal war.
What they do hope to achieve is anyone’s guess, although they’ve also said nukes are the life of the nation and will not be traded or sold … so there’s that.