North Korea said Thursday its Army now has approval to launch a “merciless attack,” possibly with nuclear weapons, against the U.S. and added the warning that war could break out “today or tomorrow.”
Multiple news sources reported Thursday that South Korea said North Korea has moved a long-range missile system to its east coast.
The U.S. continues to take the threats seriously. On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced the deployment of a ground-based missile defense system to Guam to protect the region from any attack launched by North Korea.
According to Fox News, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday:
Some of the actions they’ve taken over the last few weeks present a real and clear danger and threat to the interests, certainly of our allies, starting with South Korea and Japan and also the threats that the North Koreans have leveled directly at the United States regarding our base in Guam, threatened Hawaii, threatened the West Coast of the United States.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton spoke to Greta Van Susteren Wednesday night about the recent threats of war from North Korea. Bolton said:
To me, all of this just indicates why the policy we pursued, I have to say, over the last three presidents in 20 years of trying to negotiate North Korea out of its nuclear weapons program, was always a bad idea.
The threat here is the irrationality of this regime, coupled with this potential to use a weapon of mass destruction against innocent civilians and we are not going to talk them out of it.
The solution lies in eliminating the regime, which we should try and do through reunifying the peninsula.
Watch Bolton on Fox News‘ “On the Record” here: