Recently, it was announced that President Trump was sending a strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula. The Vinson was joined this past weekend by two Navy ships from Japan, to conduct military exercises in the Western Pacific. However, on Sunday, Kim Jong-Un remained undeterred, issuing a new threat against the U.S.
North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. 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 article likened the aircraft carrier to a “gross animal” saying a strike on the carrier would be an actual example of N. Korea’s “military force.” Ironically, the story was featured on the third page of the paper, overshadowed by Kim Jong-Un’ visit to a pig farm. Nevertheless, that doesn’t take away from the gravity of the conflict.
Adding to the already tense situation, North Korea has detained a third…
On Saturday Korean-American citizen, Tony Kim, was imprisoned in Pyongyang. Kim had been in North Korea for a month teaching accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. He was arrested at Pyongyang International Airport on his way out of the country. Kim’s charges are not yet known.
North Korea has asserted that their nuclear program is necessary for “self-defense,” and has warned the U.S. against any acts of aggression. They have also made similar threats against South Korea and Japan. Smaller fishing villages on the coast of Japan recently conducted “duck and cover” drills in preparation for a strike.
Speaking at a news conference in Tel Aviv, before the latest threat, Defense Secretary, James Mattis said “We’ve all come to hear their words repeatedly; their word has not proven honest,”
Nonetheless, it stands to reason that neither he nor President Trump are taking any chances when it comes to the mentally disturbed dictator.