There are no publicly confirmed U.S. military actions taking place, or planned to take place against North Korea. What is publicly known and what is privately known are two very different things.
What North Korea and China know (or believe they know) appears to have them all a bit spooked. North Korea has started an evacuation of Pyongyang, for example, and now China’s national airlines is suspending all flights to North Korea.
More via Reuters:
Senior U.S. intelligence officials are saying that if North Korea triggers a nuke test or full launch, the U.S. military will immediately act. Officials are reporting that two U.S. destroyers carrying tomahawk missiles are in the region and heavy bombers are at the ready in Guam. Last week the Pentagon announced that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was being sent to the region.
This would suggest that both China and North Korean officials might believe a nuke test or strike is on the horizon. This considering it’s the only act U.S. officials are saying will provoke immediate and harsh military response.
If there was no realistic threat of nuclear weapons being tested or launched by North Korea, one can assume China would not take the action it currently appears to be taking.
With the world on edge after reports that the US and North Korea are on the verge of war, North Korea has threatened "nuclear thunderbolts" at the first sign of a US preemptive strike, while also slamming China for cooperating with the West, according to NK News.
While North Korea is expected to carry out another provocative nuclear test on Saturday — the 105th anniversary of the birth of the regime's founder, Kim Il Sung — threats and provocations from the Kim regime have become common.
But the cooperation seen lately between the world's two greatest powers to contain Kim Jong Un's nuclear ambitions is new.
"Currently, with the cooperation of 'somebody,' the US is planning to collapse our system, the action that is such a naive and foolish delusion," a North Korean think tank said, according to NK News.
That reference to "somebody" appears to be a swipe at China, which recently rejected coal shipments from the Hermit Kingdom, thereby hamstringing the North Korean economy. Additionally, Air China announced on Friday it would suspend its only direct flights to North Korea, according to the South China Morning Post.
While China has signed on to every UN resolution against North Korea since 2006, it remains North Korea's biggest economic and political backer.
But since US President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week and threatened trade retaliation against China should it fail to cooperate on denuclearizing North Korea, the Chinese have signaled a new willingness to act.
Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday that he told his Chinese counterpart: "The way you're gonna make a good trade deal is to help us with North Korea. Otherwise, we're just going to go it alone."
As millions of North Koreans celebrate the Day of the Sun today, marking the birth of their cruel dynasty’s founding dictator, Kim Il-sung, his grandson’s nuclear ambitions have put the nation’s fate on a knife-edge and threatens peace throughout East Asia.
The chubby young tyrant, Kim Jong-un, has enjoyed playing the unpredictable despot ever since he inherited power in 2011. Now he is playing with fire.
This is a leader who would willingly take his small, poverty-stricken country to the brink of war with the world’s only superpower.
Kim Jong-un is prepared for North Korea to take the suicide option with devastating consequences for the region. And so a terrible game of dare is unfolding between the Supreme Leader and America’s new President
He knows he can’t win, but he also knows that a second Korean War will be a bloodbath because he has a vast arsenal – everything from primitive nuclear bombs, ballistic missiles and nerve gas to 150,000 cannon – with which he can hit South Korean cities and the US bases there.
To save his own rule – and after the ominous threats emanating from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, in recent days it would be an unimaginable humiliation for him to back down – Kim Jong-un is prepared for North Korea to take the suicide option with devastating consequences for the region.
And so a terrible game of dare is unfolding between the Supreme Leader and America’s new President.
Like his father and grandfather, Kim Jong-un has grown used to facing down America and the United Nations, ignoring sanctions and taunting them with repeated nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
‘We will pulverize the headquarters of evil and ruthlessly ravage US troops’: North Korea makes menacing boast it will take on Donald Trump with ‘merciless’ strikes on South Korea and US bases as China warns of 'war at any moment'
- Vice Minister Han Song Ryol accused Trump of building up a 'vicious cycle' of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and pointed to his 'aggressive tweets'
- The military said it would target US bases and 'headquarters of evils' including the South Korean presidential Blue House if it was attacked
- Han blamed the US and Trump for growing tensions, citing military exercises with South Korea and the deployment of a US aircraft carrier to the peninsula
- Han ominously warned the US the state would 'go to war if they choose' and vowed to continue accumulating nuclear arms
- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said anyone provoking conflict would 'pay the price'
- Pyongyang is preparing to mark its national 'Day of the Sun' tomorrow to commemorate the birth anniversary of its founding president Kim Il Sung
- US officials told NBC the US was prepared to launch a pre-emptive strike to halt a nuclear test, but a member of the Trump administration denied the report
- US Vice President Mike Pence will travel to South Korea on Sunday in what his aides said was a sign of the U.S. commitment to its ally
North Korea upped its warmongering with Donald Trump today in a series of menacing boasts threatening to 'ravage' US troops amid fears the two countries are heading for war.
The secretive state vowed to 'pulverize' US bases and South Korean capital Seoul if it was threatened by the US military, which is carrying out drills on the Korean peninsula. A US aircraft carrier group is steaming towards the region.
It claimed it would 'ruthlessly ravage' the US if Washington attacked. China warned the region could go to war 'at any moment'.
The rhetoric comes after North Korea warned that President Donald Trump's 'troublemaking' and 'aggressive' tweets have pushed the world to the brink of thermo-nuclear war.
Pyongyang's Vice Minister Han Song Ryol accused Trump of building up a 'vicious cycle' of tensions and warned the US against provoking North Korea militarily. He said: 'We will go to war if they choose.'
He added the country would continue developing its nuclear program and conduct its next nuclear test whenever its leaders see fit.
In the past week Trump has shown his willingness to launch military strikes, with US missiles deployed in Syria and Afghanistan.
Dave - I accidentally deleted your comment (sorry) - button, I hadn't seen that...I'll start looking around to see what I can find - many thanks for the heads up!
No problem, Scott....
Scott, have you come across any sources supporting this claim? . . .
"Friday, 14 April, 2017 - 19:52
"RUSSIAN AND CHINESE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS ARE MOVING TOWARD THE GULF OF MEXICO.
"Following the provocations of the United States in Syria and Afghanistan, Moscow and Beijing issued an order from the Navy to send ex-soldiers to the shores of North America. Russian and Chinese aircraft carriers are moving toward the Gulf of Mexico."
Not yet, but I didn't have much timeliest night - I'll keep poking around and see
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