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North Korea Readies Itself for War

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It is no secret that the closed country of North Korea wants to develop long range nuclear weapons. Its leader, Kim Jung Un, has ordered several missile tests recently. As a consequence of those actions, President Donald Trump has rerouted several Navy ships to the area. The Carl Vinson Strike Group was scheduled to be sent to dock off of Australia but it has been sent instead to the Korean peninsula.

This act, combined with joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States, has prompted a strong response from Kim and the North Korean foreign ministry. That agency issued a statement in which they said the addition of the Carl Vinson strike group, which includes one aircraft carrier and other warships, represents “reckless moves for invading.” The statement goes onto say that the situation “has reached a serious phase. We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions. The DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.”

For its part, Trump and his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have indicated that the United States is ready to act unilaterally to deal with the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. While the U.S. is not ruling out military action against North Korea, China and South Korea have brought up the possibility of imposing stronger sanctions. These would be put in place if Kim conducts any more testing of its nuclear missiles. North Korea is working on a missile that would be able to reach the U.S. itself. While the last missile it tested only made it about 35 miles off shore, experts in military technology say the country is only about two years away from developing such a weapon. The United Nations has already passed resolutions banning the country from taking such steps.

China is preparing for a military conflict with North Korea.

During all of this, China has taken the step of sending troops to its border with North Korea. They have deployed about 150,000 troops to be stationed along the border. Experts say the move is in response to the recent U.S. air strikes against Syria. China is concerned that Trump is looking to strike North Korea in an effort to curtail the country’s nuclear program. Tillerson did not help matters any when he issued a very vague and confusing statement last week after the most recent North Korean missile tests. He said that the U.S. “has talked enough about North Korea.”

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