The U.S. is ready to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea if officials believe Pyongyang is going to go through with a nuclear weapons test.
NBC News just reported that multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials said that the U.S. is prepared to launch the strike against North Korea with conventional weapons.
Officials said a nuclear test could come as soon as this weekend, according to NBC.
BREAKING: Sources: US prepares for possible preemptive strike if North Korea chooses to test nuclear weapon. https://t.co/qafmDDMqcg
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) April 13, 2017
The U.S. has two destroyers that can shoot Tomahawk cruise missiles in the area, according to the network. One of the destroyers is located 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site.
There are also American heavy bombers located in Guam. Earlier this week, it was reported that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was headed to that area.
In a statement Thursday, North Korea issued a warning to the U.S. — should it take action — of a “merciless retaliatory strike.”
“By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the US is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war,” North Korea’s statement said.