Jung-yoon Choi wrote in the L.A. Times: "...In the latest in a series of escalating threats, North Korea's top command announced Tuesday that it has put its artillery and strategic rocket units under what it called 'No. 1 combat readiness,' targeting the U.S. mainland, Hawaii, Guam and South Korea..."
In an update of that story Choi wrote "...U.S. officials do not believe North Korea has developed a long-range missile capable of striking the continental United States and have said there is no evidence the North has a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile. The Taepodong 2 missile in theory could reach areas of Alaska, but it is plagued by technical problems..."
On March 5, Choe Sang Hun in the New York Times wrote "...North Korea said on Tuesday that it would cut off a hot line with the United States military in South Korea, calling the truce that stopped the Korean War in 1953 null and void and threatening to strike the United States with “lighter and smaller nukes...” Choe quoted:
"...'Now that the U.S. imperialists seek to attack the DPRK with nuclear weapons, it will counter them with diversified precision nuclear strike means of Korean style,' the North Korean statement said, using the acronym of the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. 'The army and people of the DPRK have everything including lighter and smaller nukes unlike what they had in the past.'..."Guy Taylor reported in the Washington Times April 3rd:
"... Claiming that the 'moment of explosion is approaching fast' and that war could break out 'today or tomorrow,' the General Staff of North Korea's military claimed in a statement to the nation’s official government-run news agency that it has final approval to carry out “merciless” strikes on the United States..."While North Korean threats have been largely seen as posturing and positioning in order to gain advantage in gaining status for bargaining for U.S. aid, as it has done in the past, the recent threats emanating from North Korea appear to be loud enough for the U.S. to have positioned military elements in and around the Korean peninsula.
And while their missiles may not be able to reach the U.S. mainland, what's to stop them from using other means? If ever there was any "chatter" about attacking the U.S. Kim Jong Un's barrage of threats would certainly qualify.
Despite these direct threats, there is nary a peep from the Socialist Liberal Media (SLIME) regarding the NORK's, and from our illustrious leaders in government we hear but crickets chirping with regard to Kim Jong Un.
Media reports seem to report that it is too early to tell. Who will ask the North Koreans if they did it? Might they admit to it?
What do you think?