North Korea is responding to reports circling the globe of a possible preemptive attack by the U.S. ahead of what is expected to be a sixth nuclear missile test tomorrow.
The annual ‘Day of the Sun’ celebration is the holiday on which N. Korea justifies test launches of ballistic missiles in a show of force to the world.
Meanwhile, China and Japan are moving assets in preparation for what could be a full-scale regional conflict.
At this point, it’s anyone’s guess what will ultimately occur: absolutely nothing or nuclear war.
Here’s more from Daily Caller…
A crisis on the Korean peninsula appears imminent as North Korea may soon conduct its sixth nuclear test.
China fears that a “conflict could break out at any moment,” and North Korea is warning it “will go to war” if the U.S. decides it wants a fight, the AP reports.
The “Day of the Sun” — the anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung — is Saturday, and evidence suggests that North Korea may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test, a risky provocation in the current climate.
President Donald Trump has demonstrated what happens when governments and actors “cross the line.” The administration launched cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase earlier in April after the Syrian regime carried out a brutal chemical weapons attack on civilians. The U.S. military then dropped a weapon nicknamed the “mother of all bombs” on the Islamic State in Afghanistan. Now, a U.S. Navy carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson is moving into waters near the Korean peninsula.
North Korea says it is “not frightened.” Pyongyang is threatening to take “the toughest counteraction against the U.S.” and its allies, adding that U.S. bases in the region are “in the sights of our rockets. The North Korean military says the “drunken provocation of the Trump Administration has become a dangerous step that can not be tolerated.”
Beijing is calling for calm, warning, “If a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no winner.” At the same time, China has reportedly put its troops on high alert in expectation of a conflict.
“With swords drawn and bows bent, … there have been storm clouds gathering,” China’s Xinhua News Agency reported, adding that if North Korea and the U.S. and its allies “let war break out on the peninsula, they must shoulder the historical culpability and pay the corresponding price for this.”