We're closely watching international fallout from North Korea's unprecedented show of aggression of late; the country's had six missile-launch displays already in 2017.
The most recent launch of a medium-range ballistic missile on April 4 spurred U.S. Navy strike group Carl Vinson - a military supercarrier warship and its accompanying fleet - to shift toward the Western Pacific Ocean yesterday near the Korean Peninsula as "a show of force."
"If America says it is going to attack, both Japan and South Korea will probably put a stop to it," an unidentified Japanese defense minister told Reuters this morning (April 10).
But according to the global nonpartisan economic website EconoTimes today, there is a rumor that the United States is actually considering "bombarding North Korea's nuclear facilities."
Here's the one big reason why Japan and South Korea want to stop the United States from getting involved...
Japan Warns U.S. to Protect Itself
Should the rumors of a U.S. attack on North Korea materialize, Japan and South Korea would be the first victims of Pyongyang's counterattack.
That's simply because both countries are U.S. allies as well as North Korea's direct geographical neighbors.
And the counterattack from Pyongyang could include nuclear weapons.
This morning, South Korean defense ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun spoke in a press conference about the three nations' response to Pyongyang's threats.
"Considering the possibility of North Korea's strategic provocations such as a nuclear test and missile launches," Moon said, "[South Korea, Japan, and the U.S.] have in place deterrence to the North's provocation and all readiness against them."
However, Moon avoided directly answering questions about the rumored U.S. strike on North Korea, reported Reuters.
But there is good reason to believe that if North Korea isn't struck first, it will soon carry out attacks on its own...
North Korea Celebrates Holidays by Blowing Things Up
North Korea traditionally tests items from its own weapons arsenal in celebration of various holidays.
And this Saturday (April 15) marks the 105th birthday of North Korea's founding president, Kim Il-sung, which is celebrated annually as the "Day of the Sun."
The United States is worried that North Korea is preparing to carry out its sixth nuclear threat during this upcoming weekend, reported ABC News this morning.
The fourth and fifth of such nuclear tests were carried out in 2016. Pyongyang has also been working to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles that ultimately could deliver a warhead to U.S. territory.
Its latest test of such missiles came five days ago on April 5.
China thinks it can push the United States and its allies out of Asia altogether to secure its energy riches for itself.
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