For the past 25+ years, the United States of America has mostly been involved in military conflicts in the Middle East.
While the threat of terrorism from that region is still very real, it appears our country is turning its attention to the threat of North Korea and we could see the first shots fired as soon as this week.
Last Tuesday, North Korea’s Deputy UN Ambassador Kim In-ryong said the U.S. is creating a “dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment.”
He said his country was “ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.”
So this Tuesday, North Korea has conducted live-fire drills and has deployed long-range artillery units at its coastal region of Wonsan.
They have already done nuclear tests in the past and have scheduled another one.
So to counter, the USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered U.S. submarine, has pulled into the South Korean port of Busan. The USS Vinson aircraft carrier strike group is already in the Sea of Japan.
Though the two subs deployment is being called routine, it is at the same time when the entire U.S. Senate has been invited to a rare White House briefing the day this newspaper comes out.
On Monday, President Donald Trump had lunch with ambassadors from countries on the U.N. Security Council to talk about needed U.N. reforms. He also criticized the U.N.’s handling of North Korea and would like to see the U.N. “solving conflicts” in the near future.
I’ve heard about North Korean threats and propaganda about the U.S. since I was a teenager.
Kim Jong Un and his father have brainwashed and mistreated their nation’s people for a long time and have painted the U.S. as basically the devil.
While North Korea has always issued threats, they never have seemed to act on them.
This could change this week.
The challenge will be if the U.S. is drawn into a conflict, how will the other nations react?
It is likely that Japan and South Korea stay on the U.S. side, but will President Trump’s meeting with the prime minister of China help get that nation on the same side, in spite of them publicly stating support for North Korea in the past?
If China sides with North Korea, this could escalate to the World War III levels we’ve heard speculated about in the past for conflicts in this region. This is a time of uncertainty.
May all Americans join together to pray for our leaders and for our military as decisions are about to be made that could affect us for generations to come.