Missile Strike

After meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping last week at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump deployed a navy strike group to the Korean peninsula amid threats from North Korea. South Korean news agency Chosun is also reporting the Chinese “deployed 150,000 troops in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson elaborated on the discussions between the Trump administration and the Chinese, “President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken.”

Tillerson went on to say the Trump administration and Chinese hold a “shared view and no disagreement as to how dangerous the situation has become.”

While it appears that the United States and China are in accord on action regarding North Korea, President Trump isn’t afraid to act alone against North Korea’s nuclear threat. “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will,” he said recently.

U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Dave Benham reinforced the president’s belief, “The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilising programme of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.”

President Trump deployed a number of ships to the Korean peninsula to make his point clear. He deployed the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, two guided-missile destroyers, and a guided-missile cruiser. The strike group is led by Admiral Nora Tyson. It was originally expected to make port calls in Australia.

North Korea called President Trump’s response to Syria an “intolerable act of aggression against a sovereign state.”

It looks likely that North Korea may face an even larger “act of aggression” following their continued testing and development of nuclear weapons. In fact, on Wednesday North Korea test-fired their latest medium-range ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan.

Sources: The Guardian, BBC, Chosun, Zerohedge

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