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Is North Korea about to attack US military bases in the Pacific?
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Oh dear, it looks like that despite Dennis Rodman's peace-making efforts, North Korea's crackpot leader Kim Jong-un still hasn't changed his mind about attacking the US. It has just emerged that he has instructed the military to get long-range artillery and missiles ready for attack, and that the deadly weapons are now pointing towards US military bases in Guam, Hawaii and mainland America.
In the past, Kim Jong-un's menacing behaviour has been dismissed as an empty threat, on the basis that the North's technologies are not developed enough to build either a nuclear heat shield or a missile capable of reaching the United States. But as time goes by, the feeling that we all might be underestimating the whole situation is steadily growing stronger. In particular, it has to be taken into consideration that US military bases in the Pacific could be easily reached by medium-range missiles, which makes Pyongyang's threats much more real than before.
In addition, only days ago the US and its ally South Korea have signed a joint contingency plan that allows American troops to take command of the South Korean army if North Korea's threats of a full-scale attack were about to become real, which might have helped in escalating the situation.
"From this moment, the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army will be putting in combat duty posture No. 1 all field artillery units including long-range artillery units strategic rocket units that will target all enemy object in US invasionary bases on its mainland, Hawaii and Guam", North Korean KCNA news agency has declared in its usual rhetorical fashion.
South Korea is monitoring the situation closely and the Ministry of Defence has told the US that so far "it had detected no signs of unusual activity by the North's military".