The rogue country of North Korea is continuing to rattle the saber in the face of Western nations — and the regime was just caught preparing for a possible strike against the U.S. Navy.
American spy satellites have reportedly spotted the North Korean military loading anti-ship cruise missiles onto a patrol boat.
According to Fox News, the naval missiles in question are a “Stormpetrel” type, which is designed to strike other ships at sea. They were reportedly placed on a “Wonsan” guided-missile patrol boat on the east coast of the reclusive country.
U.S. officials stated that Stormpetrel naval missiles have not been placed on a similar craft since 2014. The move could be a signal that North Korea is stepping up its military posturing, and is ignoring diplomatic pressure from the United States and other countries.
“The best signal that North Korea could give us that they’re prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” stated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been visiting the Philippines over the last several days.
Officials who allegedly had knowledge of the situation told Fox that the installation of North Korea’s anti-ship weapons could mean that Kim Jong Un is planning another missile test in the coming days.
Alternately, it could be an attempt to ward off U.S. Navy ships from entering the
In either case, it seems clear that the communist government is not taking America’s calls for deescalation seriously.
“North Korea is not showing any evidence it plans to halt its missile tests,” a government official told Fox News. “It’s a trend that does not bode well for hopes of de-escalating tensions on the [Korean] peninsula.”
The gravity of the Korean situation was underscored by a recent vote in the United Nations Security Counsel. That counsel voted 15-0 to impose new sanctions against Pyongyang, but it is unclear what actions will be taken if the sanctions do not work.
With all eyes on the Korean Peninsula, the biggest question may be who blinks first: The communist state, or the United States of America.
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