North Korea has stated that it has moved many of its strategic artillery and rocket units into top combat position in preparation for a strike against the United States.
According to a statement by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea said, “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 strategic rocket units that will target all enemy objects in U.S. bases on its mainland, Hawaii and Guam.”
Recently the United States performed “joint military exercises in the region. South Korea and the US met Friday to sign a military pact “providing for a joint response to even low-level provocation from the North.”
This action is expected to provoke North Korea. News out of North Korea has shown pictures of the countries leader, Kim Jong Un, inspecting the People’s Army Unit 1501.
The South Korea’s Presidential Office has this to say about North Korea’s strategic movements, “We have not detected any special movements in the North Korean military.”
This is not the first time that North Korea has put its military into “combat-ready posture.”
On February 12, North Korea did carry out an underground nuclear test, and in December it tested its long-range rocket capable of striking the US. So far all of North Korea’s actions have been met by UN sanctions, however it is still difficult to figure out what North Korea will do next.