North Korea warns ‘nuclear war could break out at any moment’ Reports say US Deploying Two More Aircraft Carriers

According to the South Korean news outlet Yonhap News, two additional U.S. Aircraft carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz, have been deployed to join the USS Carl Vinson and the Carl Vinson Strike Group, which are currently heading towards the Korean Peninsula.

USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier

The move comes as North Korea continues to take provocative actions, including warning that “nuclear war could break out at any moment.”

Over the weekend, North Korea showed off a submarine-based missile system for the first time during a massive military parade in the capital, Pyongyang.

Pukkuksong-2 SLBMs
North Korea displayed its submarine-launched Pukkuksong-2 ballistic missiles (SLBMs)

Choe Ryong Hae, a close aide to Kim Jong-un, the current leader, addressed the packed square and reiterated the warning to the United States.

“If the United States wages reckless provocation against us, our revolutionary power will instantly counter with annihilating strike, and we will respond to all-out war with all-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike warfare,” he said.

While many have dismissed North Korea’s ability to fire off an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States, the nuclear attack threat from a North Korean submarine is a growing concern.

Experts believe North Korea’s navy has around 70 submarines in its fleet, but even those numbers are disputed as the whereabouts of many of these submarines remains unclear. Back in 2015, we lost track of 50 of their submarines, which caused panic in South Korea and Japan.

North Korean Submarine

According to the Daily Express, Security expert, Bruce Klingner told CNBC: ‘We didn’t know where they were at the time. One would hope that we would keep very close tabs on those that could launch the submarine-launched ballistic Missiles [SLBMs].

‘All of that is very worrisome because that may very well have a nuclear weapon someday.’

How big is the North Korean Submarine threat?

Consider this; South American drug cartels routinely get past our Navy and Coast Guard with crude diesel electric-powered submarines. In fact, according to a US Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) report on narco submarines, 30% of the drugs that arrived in the US by sea were brought here via narco submarines.

Narco Submarine
A fully-operational Narco-submarine that was seized by the Ecuador Anti-Narcotics Police Forces, These types of submarines routinely traffic drugs throughout the world and often make it to the United States completely undetected. They are simple, built in the middle of the jungles of South America, and pale in comparison to what North Korea possesses.

If so many of these Narcos can make it to the U.S. undetected, in rudimentary submarines that aren’t nearly as technologically advanced as what North Korea possesses, is it that far-fetched to believe North Korea could reach our shores?

North Korea KN-08 Missiles
North Korea KN-08 Missiles parading through the North Korean Capital

During the military parade, North Korea rolled out several KN-11 (Pukguksong-1) submarine-launched ballistic missiles, the KN-15 (Pukguksong-2) road-mobile, land-based variation, a number of KN-08 missiles, and several potential launchers for North Korea’s KN-08 or KN-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Military experts believe the KN-08 missile could be capable of hitting the United States, although North Korea has yet to test them.

A day after the parade, which was a national celebration of the birth of Kim Il-Sung, the founder of North Korea and the grandfather of the country’s current leader, Kim Jung-Un, North Korea attempted another missile launch. According to reports, the launch failed; but a number of foreign media outlets are reporting that the launch may have failed due to a U.S. cyber attack against North Korea’s missile systems.

According to the former British foreign secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the missile test likely failed because the U.S. interfered with the workings of the missile’s system.

“It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the U.S.– through cyber methods – has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail,” Rifkind told the BBC on Sunday.

In a statement from the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said: “The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment.”

China and Russia reportedly dispatch spy ships to shadow U.S. Strike Forces

According to Japanese Media, China and Russia have dispatched spy vessels to shadow the U.S. Strike groups that are moving into the region.

The deployment comes as US vice president Mike Pence, warned North Korea that the “era of strategic patience is over” during a visit to South Korea.

The Yomiuri Shimbun, citing “multiple sources of the Japanese government”, said China and Russia had “dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson”.

The ships are “strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area,” Japan’s largest daily newspaper said, according to its English language sister publication, The Japan News.

During Vice President Pence’s visit he warned:

“President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out and we want to see change.” … “All options are on the table” in dealing with Pyongyang, and that the US would meet a nuclear threat with “an overwhelming and effective response.”

Earlier in the week President Trump said he hoped China would help deal with North Korea, but warned the U.S. would take action if China failed to act.

Complicating matters even more, and setting up the possiblty for a world-wide conflict, Russia warned the U.S. against taking ‘Syria-style’ actions in North Korea.

“I hope that there won’t be any unilateral actions like we recently saw in Syria and that the US will follow the policies Trump repeatedly declared during his election campaign,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, regarding the statement made by US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday during his visit to South Korea.

The Russian foreign minister warned not to take any military actions and stressed that the “risky nuclear and missile endeavors of Pyongyang” violating UNSC resolutions could not be used as an excuse for violating international law and the UN Charter “in the same fashion” as in Syria.


  1. Kamakazee
    April 18, 2017 at 6:50 am

    During the Vietnam War, Russian spy ships gave North Vietnam information on most aircraft launches that occurred from our carriers on Yankee Station, and B-52s flying out of Anderson AFB in Guam. You better beleive both Russia and China would warn NK if we launch strike packages at NK. North Korea is a very dangerous adversary with a large competent Army. If we do go to war against them it will be brutal, worse then anything we’ve seen before. I hope the American public is ready for very high causualities if this occurs. I doubt if diplomacy will work against NK as it hasn’t in the past. Brute force is all they understand.

    • Moman
      April 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      do you REALLY think it will start with boots on the ground? no.. it will be bomb deployments, missiles, and drones. the boots will just be straggler clean up for afterwards

  2. Kamakazee
    April 18, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Additionally, the Carl Vinson Carrier group won’t be in or near Korean waters until April 25th according to US Navy info. The information about two additional carrier groups heading to Korean waters may be bogus. The overseas Asian news is stating the Carrier force was just a bluff by the US?

  3. B from CA
    April 19, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Writing that something is a bluff and believing it are two different things. Un, understandably, wants to save face with his people. He would have to be crazy to actually go to battle with both China and the U.S.

    That parade is what scares me. What if they go over a pot hole, one of those giant canisters explodes, setting off a chain reaction. That would be Korean stir fry.

    April 19, 2017 at 11:44 am


  5. lane
    April 21, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Scary article. The narco subs prove how vulnerable we really are. How some can think we are untouchable with our wide open boarders and the narco subs sneaking in is beyond me.. With all the drugs that get smuggled in who knows what else is getting thru.

    Also frustrates me how some seem to forget our troops having to buy gear they needed when sent to the middle east, having to scavange metal to armour vehicles because many they sent with had unsufficent or no armour. Scavange parts and even entire aircraft from bone yards, and sharing weapons. Our troops are the best, but those that lead them in washington are morons and send them in harms way without the gear and plan they need to succeed and come home. Not counting the media who does nothing but try to crucify them.

    Have very little faith in Trump, but if he only keeps 1 campaign promise to earn my vote I hope it is providing our troops with the best gear. I know asking the morons in washington to provide them with a battle plan to achieve victory as soon as possible with the least amount of our troops coming home injured or in a box is a dream.

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