World War 3: America Ready to Go Nuclear
Pyongyang has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb which can be mounted on an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), the country’s state TV announced Sunday, this brings the world a step closer to World War 3.
Just prior to conducting the six nuclear test, the North announced that it has all the indigenous technology and production capacity to carry out a super powerful Nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, which, if exploded at a high altitude, could paralyze electronic systems infrastructure of any country. The US considers a potential EMP attack a real threat to the nation, capable of inflicting “catastrophic” damage.
In a series of tweets Sunday, Trump branded North Korea a “rogue nation and a threat.” The latest development in Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities are “very hostile and dangerous to the United States,” the US president said.
..North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2017
Following the tweets, Trump held a meeting with his chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, and Defense Secretary James Mattis at the White House to discuss an appropriate response to the North Korean hydrogen bomb test.
Mattis later warned that any attack on the United States or its allies would be met with a “massive military response.” He noted that while the US was not “looking for the total annihilation” of North Korea, it had “many options to do so.”
“Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam or our allies, will be met with a massive military response – a response both effective and overwhelming,” Mattis said.
“President Trump reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to defending our homeland, territories, and allies using the full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities at our disposal,” the White House said in a statement.
The White House has warned that the US is ready to use the “full range” of capabilities at its disposal and might resort to using its nuclear arsenal against North Korea if it continues to threaten Washington or its allies.
The White House specifies “nuclear capabilities,” as opposed to merely “military capabilities,” in readout of Trump’s call with Abe. pic.twitter.com/106v9IBiFD
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) September 3, 2017
On Sunday, President Trump again called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by telephone to reaffirm Washington’s commitments to its allies in the region.
Both leaders have condemned North Korea’s nuclear test and called Pyongyang’s behavior “destabilizing and provocative actions.”
Trump has also “confirmed the two countries’ ironclad mutual defense commitments, and pledged to continue close cooperation,” the statement read.
Concerned over North Korean nuclear ambition, South Korean military has conducted a live-fire drill, simulating an attack on the North’s nuclear site. The drills involved the country’s Hyunmoo ballistic missile and the F-15K fighter jets.
South Korea and the U.S. are discussing deployment of an aircraft carrier and strategic bombers, South Korean Yonhap news agency reported, citing the country’s defense ministry. The agency added that Seoul had detected “indications” that Pyongyang is preparing a ballistic missile launch.
A nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, strategic bombers and “other powerful assets”can be deployed to the Korean Peninsula as a response to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday.
“We will push for the option of deploying strategic assets such as the US carrier strike group and strategic bombers after consultation with the US,” the ministry said.
The ministry also said that it was planning construction of additional facilities at the existing launch site of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a US anti-ballistic missile defense system which is intended to shoot down short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
The US Forces Korea (USFK) will install another four THAAD launchers at the converted golf course in Seongju County, some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, the ministry said. There are currently two THAAD launchers in operation there, while four others are ready for deployment, the ministry added.
“The remaining launchers will soon be tentatively deployed through South Korea-U.S. consultations in order to counter North Korea’s advancing nuclear and missile threats,” the statement said.
South Korea will also stage a unilateral live-fire drill, using its F-15 K fighter jets armed with Taurus air-to-surface missiles, in September, Seoul’s defense ministry said in its report to the National Assembly’s defense committee.