The US is ready to carry out a preventive strike on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea threatens to respond with its nuclear weapon.
The US is ready to carry out a preventive strike on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), if signs of preparation for nuclear testing are noticed, the NBC News TV-channel reported, citing unnamed sources in US intelligence.
According to the officials, the US has already deployed two destroyers, equipped with cruise missiles of the Tomahawk type. As it was noted, one of the warships is stationed less than 500 kilometers from a nuclear test site of North Korea.
In addition, heavy bombardment aircraft of the US Air Force have been deployed on the Guam Island. As it was stressed, they also are ready to attack “as necessary.”
Will remind, the US Department of State said that the time for conducting long-term negotiations on the nuclear issue of North Korea had passed, the situation takes an urgent nature.
Meanwhile, North Korea warned that it would strike the US, using nuclear weapons if there was an attack from the American side.
On Friday, North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol said in an interview with the AP news agency that the situation on the Korean peninsula had “stalled,” as well as noted that Pyongyang was not going to “sit back and do nothing” in anticipation of a US preventive strike.
“If the U.S. comes with reckless military maneuvers then we will confront it with the DPRK’s pre-emptive strike,” Han said. “We’ve got a powerful nuclear deterrent already in our hands, and we certainly will not keep our arms crossed in the face of a US pre-emptive strike.”
“We will go to war if they choose,” he added.
Ryol also noted that US President Donald Trump “make troubles” with his “aggressive” statements on Twitter.
“Trump is always making provocations with his aggressive words,” the diplomat said. “So that’s why. It’s not the DPRK but the US and Trump that makes trouble.”
Meanwhile, the Kyodo information agency reported that in February 2017, the National Security Council of Japan started to study necessary measures to protect the country and its citizens in the event of an “emergency situation” on the Korean Peninsula.
According to the information agency, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened a meeting of the National Security Council on February 23 after the first official meeting with Trump. He also ordered to develop a package of measures in the event of an unforeseen situation that could arise on the Korean peninsula as a reaction to the increased US pressure.
It was noted that the measures involve evacuation of Japanese citizens from South Korea, reception of refugees, and, at the same time, strengthening of control to prevent penetration of North Korean saboteurs into the territory of Japan under the guise of refugees. The plan also do not exclude participation of the self-defense forces in the evacuation of Japanese citizens from South Korea – in total, in view of tourists, there are about 60,000 Japanese in the country.
However, in order to carry out the evacuation on the South Korean territory by Japanese military, it will be necessary to obtain a special permission from the government of this country, which is very cautious about issues of military contacts with Japan after the semisecular history of colonization.
Over the week, passed after the latest DPRK missile test, the possible striking has become the main topic of discussions in the world. Earlier, the US President said that all options for impact on the DPRK were being considered.
Last Sunday, the US dispatched a carrier warfare group, headed by the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, to the shores of the Korean peninsula. The DPRK threatened with retaliatory measures and stressed that Pyongyang does not beg for peace, but is always “ready to defend itself by force of arms.”