Trump further escalated his bombastic standoff with North Korea this morning. He tweeted,
“Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
Trump has refused to back down and the standoff between the two nuclear nations has unsettled our allies in the region, which are scrambling to figure out how to respond to the rapid escalation.
The tiny island of Guam, a US territory in the Pacific Ocean, is at the center of the conflict. Home to a US Navy base and the Andersen Air Force Base, it provokes the ire of Pyongyang’s leadership and an escalating war of words between the US and North Korea.
According to CNN, yesterday North Korean state media KCNA said military leaders were working on a proposal to launch four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles into the sea less than 25 miles off Guam’s coast.
Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros said,
“It’s a 14-minute flight time if all the factors are successful and if it gets through all the US defense layers in place.“
Trump replied to North Korea’s threat to hit Guam yesterday with a new threat of his own,
“Let’s see what he does with Guam. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before.
You’ll see, you’ll see. And he’ll see.“
Guess we will all see. Gulp.
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