According to a breaking news report from NBC News, the U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike if North Korea goes through with a nuclear weapons test.
Citing numerous U.S. officials, NBC says the U.S. thinks North Korea could be planning a test as early as this weekend. Two destroyers are now positioned near the region and are capable of launching Tomahawk missiles into the country.
American heavy bombers are also positioned in Guam to attack North Korea should it be necessary, and earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was being diverted to the area.
The U.S. strike could include missiles and bombs, cyber and special operations on the ground.
This Wednesday, North Korea threatened to “hit the U.S. first” with a nuclear weapon if a preemptive strike takes place, following up on Thursday with another threat of a “merciless retaliatory strike.”
“By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the U.S. is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war,” North Korea said in a statement.
Intelligence experts believe North Korea does not have the ability to deliver a long-range nuclear weapon or an intercontinental missile.
You can read the full report from NBC News here.