On Wednesday, the AFP reported that North Korea escalated its rhetoric against the United States with a statement that it had approved plans for a nuclear strike.
“The moment of explosion is approaching fast,” the regime’s military said, warning that war could break out “today or tomorrow.”
“We formally inform the White House and Pentagon that the ever-escalating U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK (North Korea) and its reckless nuclear threat will be smashed by the strong will of all the united service personnel and people and cutting-edge smaller, lighter, and diversified nuclear strike means of the DPRK and that the merciless operation of its revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified,” the Korean People’s Army general staff said in a statement.
In March, the Communist regime threatened a “pre-emptive” nuclear strike against the United States and called on progressives around the world to “actively join the army and people of the DPRK” in its efforts against the United States.
“It is the DPRK’s will to put a definite end to the U.S. nuclear threat to other countries,” the North Korean news agency said.
In response, the Pentagon said it was sending an advanced ballistic missile defense system to Guam and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Pyongyang’s actions represent a “real and clear danger” to the United States and its allies in the region.
“They have nuclear capacity now, they have missile delivery capacity now,” he said. “We take those threats seriously, we have to take those threats seriously.”
Guam, Hawaii and the west coast of the United States have been named by North Korea as targets. The regime also targeted Austin, Texas, but residents there are not too worried.
“There is no threat to Austin, Texas immediately. North Korea is an international problem, but it’s not a problem that threatens our security,” said Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas.
City officials, however, say they are keeping an eye on the situation, CBS Houston reported, and officials in Washington are taking the threats seriously.
Shortly after Hagel addressed an audience at the National Defense University in Washington, the Pentagon said it was deploying a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), that includes a truck-mounted launcher, interceptor missiles, an AN/TPY-2 tracking radar and an integrated fire control system.
“The United States remains vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations and stands ready to defend U.S. territory, our allies, and our national interests,” a Pentagon spokesman said.
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