US DEFENCE SECRETARY CHUCK HAGEL ANNOUNCES GROWING CONCERN OVER NORTH KOREA – In a Whitehouse address the U.S Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, express his concerns over the bellicose rhetoric coming out of North Korea as officials in the country release a statement that a nuclear strike could come either today or tomorrow.
The North Korean announcement gave rise to more concerns as it said that it would launch a ‘merciless’ nuclear strike against the United States, South Korea and all allies. The state’s official new media also gave a statement saying that its revolutionary armed forces are ready to strike after being carefully examined and ratified by the government.
Both China and Russia over the last few weeks have implored North Korea to take a step back in order not to escalate tensions further however these request, considering today’s announcement, appear to been ignored.
U.S Stealth Bombers have been patrolling the border and have notice a build-up in mid-range Musudan missiles on the east coast which are capable of reaching all of South Korea and Japan.
Chuck Hagel presented the press with a stark reality that North Korea is now posing a ‘clear and present danger’ to the allies of the United States and that any hostilities will be answered in order to protect the U.S and their allies.
Despite a successful long-range rocket launch in December, it is believed North Korea is years from developing an inter-continental ballistic missile that could strike the mainland United States, AFP reported.
Reports are coming in that Chinese troops have also been placed on high alert on the border with North Korea since the announcements become public.
The Jointly run ‘Factory Zone’, Kaesong Industrial Complex, has also now been blocked by the North Koreans preventing any North or South Koreans from entering the facilities; which have in the past been the only signs of a positive relationship between the two Koreas. This move came just a day after North Korea announced the re-opening of its nuclear facility that is capable of producing weapons grade plutonium; which had, under an international agreement, been closed for the last 6 years.