RUSSIA: NORTH KOREA TO TEST MISSILE IT SAYS COULD REACH WEST COAST OF THE U.S.
North Korea claims it has a missile that could reach the West Coast of the United States and plans to test it in the very near future, according to Russian lawmakers who visited the reclusive nation this week.
“They are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations that they believe prove that their missile can hit the West Coast of the United States,” Anton Morozov, a member of the Russian Duma’s international affairs committee, told the RIA news agency, Reuters reports.
“In general, [North Korea’s] mood is rather belligerent,” Morozov added. “The situation, of course, demands the swiftest intervention of all interested states, particularly those represented in the region, in order to prevent wide-scale military action.” read more…
WAR WITH NORTH KOREA WOULD BE ‘UNBELIEVABLY BLOODY,’ CONGRESSMAN WHO SERVED IN AIR FORCE WARNS
A war with North Korea would be “unbelievably bloody” and there are “no good military options,” says Representative Ted Lieu, a Democrat.
Lieu is one of the most vocal critics of President Donald Trump’s approach to North Korea amid the recently heightened tensions, and he is concerned Americans aren’t fully aware of the costs of war.
The California congressman served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Guam during the 1990s, where he was repeatedly required to participate in military exercises aimed at prepping service members for a clash with North Korea. This experience made it clear taking military action against North Korea would be exceptionally risky, Lieu tells Newsweek.
The U.S. have limited intelligence on North Korea’s true military capabilities, says Lieu, who serves serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Consequently, pursuing a military option would require a “massive ground invasion” to ensure all nuclear weapons are located and destroyed, he contends.
“That is an unbelievably bloody scenario,” Lieu adds. “North Korea is an absolute danger and threat, and we need to take its ability to kill a lot of people seriously. read more…