On the Brink?

North Korea reportedly holds live-fire drill as US nuclear-powered sub approaches  |  Published April 25, 2017 |  Fox News
North Korea reportedly holds live-fire drill as US nuclear-powered sub approaches | Fox News

North Korea on Tuesday reportedly conducted a huge live-fire drill that involved up to 400 artillery pieces, which may have been supervised by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, as the U.S. added a nuclear-powered submarine to its fleet of vessels powering toward the region.


Pyongyang apparently deployed long-range artillery units in the coastal region of Wonsan, an unnamed government source told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. South Korea’s military did not confirm the report, but told the news outlet it was “firmly maintaining readiness.”


There was speculation that the North might carry out another nuclear or missile test.

News of the live-fire drill came after the USS Michigan, the nuclear-powered powered Ohio class submarine, pulled into the South Korean port of Busan for a hull check.


The USS Vinson aircraft carrier strike group made it to the Philippine Sea in waters south of Japan, according to senior U.S. defense officials.

When asked about the USS Michigan, Lieutenant commander Matt Knight with U.S. Pacific Fleet told Fox News in a statement the submarine was on “routine deployment.”

“U.S. Navy ships and submarines routinely make port calls in a variety of locations,” Knight said. “As a matter of routine, we do not discuss future operations or the details regarding the operations of our submarines. USS Michigan is currently on a routine deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.”

Meanwhile, the entire U.S. Senate has been invited to the White House for a briefing on Wednesday about the North Korea situation. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the upcoming briefing, for all 100 senators.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats plan to provide the update to lawmakers.

It is rare for the entire Senate to be invited to such a briefing.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry has said the North appears ready to conduct such “strategic provocations” at any time. South Korean Acting Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has instructed his military to strengthen its “immediate response posture” in case North Korea does something significant on the April 25 anniversary of its military. North Korea often marks significant dates by displaying military capability.

On Monday, Trump also had lunch with ambassadors of countries on the U.N. Security Council. Ahead of the meeting, Trump called for “big reforms” at the U.N. and criticizing its handling of recent events in Syria and North Korea – but said it has “tremendous potential.”

“You just don’t see the United Nations, like, solving conflicts. I think that’s going to start happening now,” he said.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report. 

[ http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/25/north-korea-reportedly-holds-live-fire-drill-as-us-nuclear-powered-sub-approaches.html  ]


4 thoughts on “On the Brink?

  1. Yes. I agree. Unfortunately the world has been at war since our progenitors made their first weapons; possibly nothing more than throwing rocks at each other. All of the great apes are victims of the hate gene that presents itself as the penetrance of the Territorial imperative. Nature: Dog eat dog; eat or be eaten. Human tools victimized by leaders promoting hatred, bias and propping themselves up in the name of some God, some cause, or some imaginary vengeful ideology based on ignorance and lies. And it only gets worse in an over populated world that will soon destroy all of our natural resources. As a Libertarian, I too deplore war and believe that everything could and should be done to prevent them. But as a nation, we can also stop evil in its tracks by simply pushing a few buttons. Those buttons that others are working on so hard right now to use against us. No dead or wounded soldiers. No PTSD. No needless death of our young men and women. In the larger picture; mankind will eventually be nothing more than an historical footnote no bigger than a pencil point on the timeline of the Universe. Referred to in our common bibliography as ” The futility of strife.” America needs to wake up, unite, and save itself. Bring the troops home, then push a few buttons.


  2. All because Harry Truman would not let General MacArthur blow North Korea off the face of the planet in the 1950s. Same thing happened in Viet-Nam. If you decide to go to war; let the Generals run it. No half measures or political ambiguity. We all know War is Hell, often not justified; and replete with tragic collateral damage. But if you decide to fight; you must do everything you can to win. Also the reason that Hitler lost WWII……..he refused to listen to his Generals. The Leadership of North Korea should be obliterated. Iran ,too

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    1. Each and every war should have a clear objective and that objective shouldn’t waiver. It seems that instead of fighting until the objective is met, it seems that the SOP is to piecemeal the war into sub-objectives which never seem to be reached and the war(s) become drawn out, fail in the mission and exhausts everyone and everything. Is this why we have wars more frequently now? Or at least it seems? I don’t know. I hate war, but I hate even more our troops being utilized for a non-specific mission with non-specific objectives resulting in death and destruction. As a Libertarian, I always want to avoid going to war. Why? Specifically for the reasons mentioned above. Too many soldiers coming back with PTSD, war wounds, lost limbs or worse, where the objectives were not met… It disgusts me… Some may consider both of our statements as crass or angry or cruel. Really, in my humble opinion, it isn’t the case. For all involved, wars should be few, fought intensively until the mission is achieved.


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