The United States may need to strengthen its missile defenses, particularly in Hawaii, given the advancing threat from North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs, the top U.S. commander in the Pacific told Congress on Wednesday. Just hours before the entire U.S. Senate was due to receive a top-level briefing on North Korea at the White House, Admiral Harry Harris testified that he believed Pyongyang’s threats against the United States needed to be taken seriously. Harris said the defenses of Hawaii were sufficient for now but could one day be overwhelmed, and suggested studying stationing new radar there as well as interceptors to knock out any incoming North Korean missiles. “I don’t share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea, or Japan, or the United States … once they have the capability,” Harris told a lawmaker at one point………Read More
The world is anxiously waiting for North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. More than a month after US and South Korean officials publicly declared North Korea was ready to set off a nuclear bomb and almost two weeks since analysts said North Korea’s only nuclear test site, Punggye-ri, was “primed and ready,” no detonation has happened. With every nuclear or missile test, North Korea gets closer to its stated goal of developing a nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching the United States. So what’s with the delay? “I think it’s safe to say that they will conduct a sixth nuclear test at some point,” Jean Lee, a global fellow at Wilson Center and a lecturer on North Korean studies, told CNN. “But they do calibrate the timing very carefully and are really taking a number of factors into consideration.”……Read More
North Korea claims Darwin will be the site of a nuclear war, accusing the U.S. of using Australia to prepare for an attack on its territory. The accusations were published in Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper of the ruling Worker’s Party of North Korea that publishes state propaganda. Last week, 1,250 U.S. Marines arrived in Darwin for military training exercises with Australian and visiting Chinese forces. The newspaper claimed the U.S. was ‘fanatically, crazily trying to optimise its nuclear war readiness’ using the port city. ‘This is the largest scale U.S. military presence in Australia after the Second World War,’ the newspaper wrote on Monday. The state mouthpiece also slammed comments by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop advocating sanctions on the totalitarian regime and calling on it abandon its nuclear weapons program.’ Sinmun said Ms Bishop was ‘blindly and zealously toeing the U.S. line’ as she ‘spouted a string of rubbish against the DPRK over its entirely just steps for self-defence’….Read More
North Korea launched another round of aggressive rhetoric at the United States on Thursday as media reports indicated troops in both China and South Korea were on high alert. As a major military anniversary approached Tuesday, North Korea’s state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper hurled a threat at the United States. “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes,” read the newspaper. South Korea said it was bracing for possible provocations as North Korea prepares to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People’s Army on Tuesday…..Read More
Published on Apr 24, 2017
Sub for more: http://nnn.is/the_new_media | Jack Davis for Western Journalism reports, North Korea launched another round of aggressive rhetoric at the United States on Thursday as media reports indicated troops in both China and South Korea were on high alert.
The USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered submarine armed with guided Tomahawk cruise missiles, will join the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier off the Korean peninsula, UPI reports. The Michigan, which is armed with more than 150 Tomahawks, should arrive in the area on Tuesday, the same day that North Korea will commemorate the 85th anniversary of the founding of its army. The Vinson is also expected to be in the area sometime this week. Some North Korea watchers speculate that the Kim regime may use this occasion to test a nuclear device, which experts say they could do at any time. North Korean media has already reacted harshly to the Vinson’s deployment, calling it “an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade,” adding that “what’s only laid for aggressors is dead bodies.”…..Read More
University teacher Tony Kim held at airport while trying to leave country North Korea says its forces are ready to sink US aircraft carrier. Amid rising tensions between North Korea and the US, Pyongyang has detained a US citizen, officials said on Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held in the country. As two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific, North Korea also said it was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier in order to demonstrate its military might. “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ party, said in a commentary. The paper likened the aircraft carrier to a “gross animal” and said a strike on it would be “an actual example to show our military’s force”……Read More
North Korea has said it is ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific.
- US hasn’t specified where carrier strike group is
- Pyongyang says it would sink aircraft carrier with “single strike”
- North Korea detains third US citizen
US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies. The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. US Vice-President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive “within days” but gave no other details. North Korea remained defiant…….Read More