U.S. military maintaining state of readiness.
The world can breathe easier for now. According to new reports, Kim Jong Un has decided to watch the United States for a while before attacking the innocent people of Guam.
Reuters has the story:
North Korea leader holds off on Guam plan, will watch U.S. bit longer: KCNA
North Korea’s leader received a report from his army on its plans to fire missiles toward Guam and said he will watch the actions of the United States for a while longer before making a decision, the North’s official news agency said on Tuesday.
North Korea said last week it was finalizing plans to launch four missiles into the waters near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, and its army would report the strike plan to leader Kim Jong Un and wait for his order.
Kim, who inspected the command of the North’s army on Monday, examined the plan for a long time and discussed it with army officers, the official KCNA said in a report.
“He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared,” the report said.
The DPRK stands for North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
As Professor Jacobson says Kim Jong Un blinked first:
Looks like Kim blinked first: North Korea's Kim Jong Un says will watch U.S. bit longer before acting: KCNA https://t.co/0xkLJuukSN
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) August 14, 2017
Meanwhile, the people of Guam are trying to carry on with their lives. FOX News reported:
At the same time, American military leaders are prepared for the worst. CBS News reports:
“Ready to fight”: The U.S. forces facing down North Korea
As North Korea’s Kim Jong Un continues his relentless quest for a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States, military officials in U.S. Pacific Command work daily to project force in the region and deter the young dictator. The threat his regime poses to the United States and its treaty ally, South Korea, grows more credible with each missile launch.
North Korea successfully launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles this summer. They each flew more than a thousand miles into space before landing in waters near Japan. Experts say either one could have hit the United States had it been launched on a flatter trajectory — the most recent, potentially reaching as far as Chicago…
If Kim Jong Un’s regime ever launched an attack on the United States or one of its allies in the region, Kunsan Air Base in South Korea — a short 200 miles from the border — would become one of the most strategically important installations in the conflict. Airmen who serve with the 8th Fighter Wing — known as “The Wolfpack” — train for their three-prong mission to defend the base, accept follow-on forces and take the fight north.
“During wartime operations, we transition to an airbase defense posture, which includes patrols on and off the base,” said Senior Airman Brent Pico, who serves with the 8th Security Forces Squadron. These security forces, made up of about 300 airmen, train daily to prepare for scenarios in which an enemy might try to gain control of the base. Stopping such an advance to keep the base secure is critical, because Kunsan would become a staging area for U.S. forces and partners and allies with a stake in the fight against North Korea.
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