(NationalSentinel) War: Apparently, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is incapable of understanding how close he is to losing his country – and quite possibly his life – judging by the continued bellicose rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang Monday.
As reported by Agence France Presse, the Kim regime is warning that another nuclear weapons test – the country’s sixth – could come “at any time and at any location” the Dear Leader decides.
Meanwhile, the storm clouds continue to gather in the region, as the U.S.S. Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its strike group linked up with the U.S.S. Michigan, an Ohio-class cruise missile sub with 154 Tomahawks on board, several South Korean vessels and some destroyers from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
A spokesman for the North’s foreign ministry said Pyongyang was “fully ready to respond to any option taken by the US”.
The regime will continue bolstering its “preemptive nuclear attack” capabilities unless Washington scrapped its hostile policies, he said in a statement carried by the state-run KCNA news agency.
“The DPRK’s measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership,” the spokesman added, apparently referring to a sixth nuclear test and using the North’s official name, the Democratic Republic of Korea.
Trump said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday he would “not be happy” if the North conducted a sixth nuclear weapons test. He did not elaborate when pressed.
Meanwhile, additional war preparations appear to be ongoing.
One necessary element in any military campaign is maintenance and protection of the logistical chain – the supply line. Japan has stepped in to perform this role, as reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, with it’s largest warship:
Japan is sending its largest warship to protect a US vessel as it resupplies the strike group led by carrier Carl Vinson amid tensions with North Korea.
The 800ft helicopter carrier Izumo left its home port of Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, on Monday to escort the American vessel to the waters off Shikoku, around 400 miles away at the top end of Japan’s south island.
The supply vessel, which is not being named, is believed to be in the region to support the ‘armada’ sent by President Trump to warn Kim Jong-un off conducting a sixth nuclear test.
To many, this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is – for a couple of reasons.
First of all, this is an early test of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s expansion last year of the meaning of “self-defense.” Under Japan’s pacifist, post-World War II constitution, the country can only use its military to defense itself. Abe expanded that definition to include protection and support of Japanese allies.
Secondly, resupply signals that the U.S. Navy presence is expected to last longer than simple “exercises” would suggest. Support ships are used to refuel, rearm and restock forward-deployed vessels; the vessel pictured in the Daily Mail story appears to be a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo vessels, one of 14 that perform combat resupply at sea.
It’s quite possible that Kim believes no matter what he does, Trump will back down like all previous U.S. presidents. That very well could be a major miscalculation on his part.