Amid the noise, confusion, and fear about whether North Korea will be flexing its nuclear muscle in the form of a test or not, tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to rise. It was widely reported that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was ready to test a nuclear device in a tunnel, marking North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. So far, nothing of the sort has happened.
Government intelligence sources told NBC News that Washington has “positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles in the region, one just 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site.” Additionally, American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is being positioned near the trial area. President Trump referred to the aircraft carrier as being part of an “armada,” in his statement: “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier.” The message is wrapped in vague Trumpian language, so the specifics of the situation are hard to deduce.
There has been no nuclear test as of yet, however during a recent parade honoring North Korea’s founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea brandished long-range Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), according to military experts. At the parade, a North Korean official parrotted the words previously heard about how they will “respond to an all-out war with an all-out war,” and “respond to a nuclear war with our style of nuclear attack,” as he blamed President Trump for the rising tensions.
North Korea’s readiness for war has been made clear time and time again. The question remains: what’s going to happen? We can pray for those innocent civilians whose lives are at risk living in the oppressive regime at this time and hope that one day they will be liberated. Keeping Kim Jong-un in check is essential, however, to our survival as well as our allies.