North Korea, for whatever reason, announced on Thursday that its military is ‘cleared’ for a nuclear attack on the United States.
What isn't clear is why North Korea is being so upfront with its escalating threats — usually successful attacks require some sort of element of surprise — but the country seems to believe it has the technology and prowess needed to launch a successful strike against the world's foremost super power.
In light of North Korea’s announcement that its “smaller, lighter and diversified” nuclear weapons are state of the art and capable of such an attack, Washington has ordered deployment of a missile defense system to Guam, a U.S. Pacific territory, to help the country protect itself against a possible threat.
North Korea’s announcement came from an unnamed military spokesperson in Pyongyang and is apparently in retaliation for recent U.S. and South Korean military exercises, as well as the tighter international sanctions on North Korea since its nuclear test in February.
The exercises, according to Washington, are drills conducted annually between the U.S. and South Korea, but North Korea has labeled them as preparation for a northward invasion.
The U.S. has kept troops in South Korea since the Korean War in order to protect the South from its northern bully. Currently, the U.S. has 28,500 troops in the region.