US analysts play down threats from North Korea. Photos from Pyongyang that show the paths of possible missile attacks on the US appear to ignore the fact that North Korean missiles won't reach that far.
North Korea is continuing to rattle its weaponry as loud as it can. In its latest action, the Pyongyang regime appears to have moved a long-range missile to its east coast while threatening to hit US forces with “smaller, lighter, and diversified nuclear strike means."
“The moment of explosion is approaching fast,” added the general staff of the North Korean military, in a statement broadcast by the nation’s official media.
Most US analysts continue to downplay these threats, saying they are bluster intended at least partly for domestic North Korean consumption. Pyongyang’s missiles aren’t really capable of reaching the US – yet. North Korean forces may be preparing some kind of missile test to take place about April 15, the anniversary of the birth of founding leader Kim Il Sung.
But US forces in South Korea and Japan are well within range of medium-range North Korean rockets. In an effort to bolster regional deterrence, the US in recent days has announced it is moving more missile-defense cruisers into the Pacific while speeding up deployment of land-based missile defenses on Guam, home to many US warships and jets.