North Korea have threatened to wipe out America in a missile strike – planned for today.
The threat of a ‘merciless’ nuclear strike was in response to comments made by CIA Director Mike Pompeo who said the country’s Supreme Leader needs to be ‘separated’ from his weapons.
The Yonhap News Agency in South Korea reported that there was a ‘high possibility’ Kim Jong-un’s nation could launch a strike today, after transporter erector launchers carrying ICBM launch tubes in North Pyongyang province have been moved by North Korea.
A US defense official, who wanted to remain anonymous, said either an intermediate-range missile known as a KN-20 or a Hwasong-14, would be ‘probably’ launched today as it is the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement.
A US defense official said: ‘They’re setting up for something.’
And a South Korean government source added: ‘Movements by transporter erector launchers carrying intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch tubes have been continuously observed in North Pyongyang.
‘There is a high possibility that the North may carry out (the test launch) around the July 27 armistice day.’
Last week CIA Director Mike Pompeo angered North Korea by discussing the communist country’s leader Kim Jong-Un’s grip on nuclear weapons.
He said: ‘As for the regime, I am hopeful we will find a way to separate that regime from this system.
‘The North Korean people I’m sure are lovely people and would love to see him go.’
A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson responded: ‘The DPRK legally stipulates that if the supreme dignity of the DPRK is threatened, it must preemptively annihilate those countries and entities that are directly or indirectly involved in it, by mobilizing all kinds of strike means including the nuclear ones.
‘Should the US dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time.’
‘It has now become clear that the ultimate aim of the Trump Administration, is the regime change,’
Experts have warned the latest North Korean missile, which was first launched on July 4, could get as far as Alaska which would finally make real Kim Yong Un’s wish to bomb mainland America.
A recent US Defense Intelligence Agency report said North Korea could produce nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as soon as 2018.
However, it has also been reported the North Korean missile is not capable of carrying a nuclear payload across the Pacific.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence national intelligence manager for East Asia, Scott Bray, told the Washington Post the July 4 launch was ‘one of the milestones that we have expected would help refine our timeline and judgments.’
He said: ‘This test, and its impact on our assessments, highlight the threat that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose to the United States, to our allies in the region, and to the whole world.
‘The intelligence community is closely monitoring the expanding threat from North Korea.’