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As North Korea draws ever closer to possessing a nuclear weapon that could hit the US mainland, President Donald Trump and his top military advisers must weigh whether or not they'd launch a preemptive strike on North Korea and risk potentially millions of lives in the process.
But even though a US military strike on North Korea would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale," according to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, that doesn't mean it's off the table.
At a National Committee on US-China Relations event in New York City, Samuel J. Locklear, the former head of the US military's Pacific Command made it clear: "Just because it's tragic doesn't mean he won't do it."
USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and USS Shoup (DDG 86) are scheduled to depart their homeports of Naval Station Kitsap-Bremerton and Naval Station Everett, respectively, June 1, for a regularly scheduled deployment.
Nimitz, the flagship of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, Kidd and Shoup will make a brief stop at Naval Air Station North Island to meet up with the other ships and units of CSG 11. Strike Group units have spent most of the past seven months underway preparing for deployment.
Nimitz participated in a series of pre-deployment inspections and training evolutions, including Board of Inspection and Survey and a Composite Training Unit Exercise that certified them ready for deployment.
originally posted by: mersaultdies
North Korea will be taken over by China and a Korean puppet of China will get to wear fancy suits, drink champagne with heads of state and jet set around the world.
The 'international community' (our governments, ruled by banks) will sanction this and tell us we averted a major threat to the world.
THEN, the good stuff happens. We move on to dealing with the MAJOR THREAT posed by Iran. You'll get your military action at that point but most US involvement will consist of special forces and private security firms. So, don't worry about any flag-draped coffins to sour your mood.
An EMP attack would fry the circuitry of mobile phones and wipe out online banking, food resources and global financial systems. The short burst of electromagnetic energy would also potentially take down aeroplanes in flight and cause trains to stop in their tracks. Politicians are wary that North Korea's missile programme could encourage them to detonate a nuclear bomb in orbit over the US. This comes after North Korea recently tested a solid fuel missile last Sunday that would be harder for outsiders to detect before launch. The test, which Kim Jong-Un hailed as a success, has put the US on alert.
originally posted by: Sagacity
Also, in an attempt to make news and posture as well, NK just tested a new anti-air system.
They keep this up and they're going to run out of toys to test for Kim.
SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea fired "at least one" short-range ballistic missile from its eastern coast early Monday morning, South Korea's military said, with the provocation triggering a strong condemnation by the South's new government seeking to improve inter-Korean ties.
The missile, presumed to be a Scud type, was launched eastward from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province, at around 5:39 a.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). "The flight distance is around 450 kilometers," Army Col. Roh Jae-cheon, the JCS's spokesman, told reporters. "It flew at an apogee of some 120 km."
Washington is sending its third aircraft carried-led strike group to the western Pacific stretch closer to the waters of the Korean peninsula in what is seen as an unusual show of force amid tensions in the region. USS Nimitz, one of the world's largest warships, will join two other supercarriers, USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan, which are already sailing in the region.
It is extremely rare for the US to deploy three aircraft carriers simultaneously in the same region and this is additionally significant given the existing tensions in the Korean peninsula. The US Navy has not explicitly said Nimitz is intended for operations related to North Korea but said the aircraft carrier will be mobilised in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
originally posted by: Sagacity
a reply to: carewemust
Yeah, if they are going to call a meeting every time he launches, they might as well put some reserved times on their calendars. Or it seems more cost effective to just email any new info on the latest test out to staff. Heh.
Not really making light of the situation, but you're right. It's going to make his staff crazy.