North Korea Situation Continues to Escalate
It seems that Kim Jong-un is not going to back down from his never-ending threats as of late. The North Korean crisis appears to be getting more serious on a daily basis, and many countries are now prepared to deal with any possible military action by any involved side.
On April 5, the small communist nation moved mid-range missile launchers to its eastern coast. According to Fox News, North Korea moved a missile with “considerable range to its east coast after an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean army warned the U.S. that its military has been cleared to wage an attack using ‘smaller, lighter and diversified’ nuclear weapons.” Furthermore, North Korean officials have supposedly warned foreign embassies within the nation that, after Wednesday, April 10, they “cannot guarantee the safety of diplomats.” BBC News says that both Russia and the United Kingdom are standing firm and saying that they have “no immediate plans to evacuate their embassies in the North Korean capital.”
Meanwhile, South Korea has deployed two warships prepared for missile defense measures after hearing of Kim Jong-un’s military moving its missiles. Having taken that measure, though, Seoul still says they believe that North Korea moved the missiles to prepare for another test, not a “hostile act” (BBC). Even if this is just another test, though, it’s sure to keep the tensions building, as this entire situation started in February with a nuclear test being conducted by North Korea’s military. Nevertheless, South Korean Defense Minster Kim Kwan-jin believes the missile movement by North Korea isn’t to prepare for an attack but to test a missile with a range of less than 2,000 miles, which is obviously much shorter than the range needed to strike the United States, as Kim Jong-un continually threatens to do.
That shorter range missile, however, would still be able to strike South Korea and Japan, both of which have United States bases that North Korea has implied threats against already. Another possible mentioned target includes the island of Guam, where, last Thursday, the U.S. government confirmed they would be deploying a missile defense system in case Kim Jong-un’s dictatorship does, in fact, attempt to carry out one of its threats.