The Pentagon has ordered an lethal Aircraft Carrier Strike Group towards the Korean peninsula, in an effort to eliminate the North Korean nuclear threat.
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-71) is accompanied by two guided missile destroyers and a guided missile cruiser warship, in order to have enough missiles ready to strike North Korea’s nuclear bases and put and end to Pyongyang’s ambitions to carry out a possible ICBM attack on the USA or Japan.
The US Naval move will certainly raise tensions in the region and comes in hostile on the heels after an US cruise missile strike on Syria. North Korea denounced the sudden attack as an act of “intolerable aggression” that pushes Pyongyang towards establishing and develop a credible nuclear deterrent to ward off this type of evil behavior.
Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the US mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests to do so, two of them in 2016.
US Intelligence officials warned that North Korea could be less than two years away from developing the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States. The practically isolated NK is barred under UN resolutions from any use of ballistic missile technology.
In February 2017, North Korea simultaneously fired four ballistic missiles from its east coast in a drill for an attack on US military bases in South Korea. In 2016, NK also successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile 500 km towards Japan.
A nuclear capable SLBM system would take North Korea’s technology to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula, which offers ‘a second strike capability’ in the event of an imperialist attack on its army bases.
The US is confident of its THAAD capability to intercept a potential ICBM bound for America from the North, but general Lori Robinson expressed concerns for the type of ballistic missile powered by a solid-fuel engine that Pyongyang successfully tested in 2017.
AFP / AA Magnum News 2017.