Trump is reportedly prepared to strike North Korea if the hermit state threatens a nuclear test
Donald Trump has deployed two destroyer vessels close to the Korean peninsula, with each capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles – the same weaponry used to strike an airbase in Syria last week.
Heavy bombers are also positioned in Guam, a small island in the Western Pacific, while the USS Carl Vinson strike group has already been diverted to the area as the world braces for another North Korean nuclear launch.
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In recent years, barbaric dictator Kim Jong-un has launched nuclear tests to coincide with ‘the Day of the Sun’, an annual public holiday in North Korea to commemorate the birth of the country’s founder, Kim Il-sung.
Pyongyang has already warned of an upcoming “big and important event” and with the Day of the Sun set to be celebrated on Saturday April 15, the world is bracing itself for another test launch.
The Pentagon has declined to comment on the claims, stating it does not discuss future operations "nor publicly speculate on possible scenarios."
Dana White, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in a statement: ”Commanders are always considering a full range of options to protect against any contingencies.
"Our commitment to the defence of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of potential threats, remains steadfast."
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The despotic leader is believed to be preparing another nuclear test launch
Satellite images have revealed “unusually high levels of activity” at Kim Jong-un’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
Experts say the images could mean a nuclear test is “imminent” as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls for North Korea to destroy its nuclear arsenal.
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The news comes just hours after President Trump launched the US’s biggest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan.
The GBU-43 bomb weighs 21,600 pounds, is 30 feet long and contains 11 tons of explosives.
Former US intelligence officer Andrew Peek suggested the use of the bomb was a “creative way to threaten North Korea”, adding that it “was not meant for Afghanistan”.