National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said the chance of war with North Korea is “increasing.”
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster on Saturday said there was an “increasing” likelihood of war with North Korea. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it was time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea so they don’t get stuck in the middle of the fighting.
It was, in other words, a particularly scary few days in the Trump administration’s standoff with North Korea. And there’s reason to think the situation may get even more tense in the days ahead: On Monday, the US sent 24 stealth fighter jets to South Korea for a large-scale military exercise that North Korea said “will push the already acute situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.”
The heated words came just days after Pyongyang tested a long-range missile late last month that is potentially capable of hitting the entire mainland US, including Washington, DC. That test led President Trump to say, “I will only tell you that we will take care of it.”
That test was scary enough, but this past weekend seemed to set the stage for an even more dangerous phase of the crisis. What follows is a quick recap of the past 72 hours in the US-North Korea standoff.
McMaster: the chance of war with North Korea “increasing every day”
Last Tuesday, North Korea tested what it calls the Hwasong-15. It’s North Korea’s most powerful missile yet, and it traveled 10 times higher than the International Space Station after it launched. Experts believe the missile could hit America’s Eastern Seaboard, but questions remain as to whether North Korea can reliably fit a miniaturized nuclear weapon atop the projectile and detonate it in the US.
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