US May Launch Preemptive Strike On North Korea Ahead Of Nuclear Test

Tyler Durden's picture

With just two days to go until North Korea's "Day of the Sun" celebrations, when as reported yesterday it may conduct its 6th nuclear test at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, NBC reports citing multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials that in the latest stepwise escalation, the U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that Kim Jong-Un's nation North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test. Note: North Korea does not even have to carry out the text: mere conviction on the side of the US that it would, is sufficient.

As first reported yesterday, North Korea warned that a "big event" is near, and U.S. officials say signs point to a nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend. According to multiple sources, the U.S. intelligence community has reported with "moderate confidence" that North Korea is preparing for its sixth underground nuclear test, though the U.S. is also in the dark regarding the specific timing.

The launch of a preemptive attack would naturally threatens a counterattack by Kim: the U.S. is thus "worried" that its strikes could provoke the volatile and unpredictable North Korean regime to launch its own blistering attack on its southern neighbor. "The leadership in North Korea has shown absolutely no sign or interest in diplomacy or dialogue with any of the countries involved in this issue," said Victor Cha, the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Meanwhile, intelligence officials have told NBC News that the U.S. Navy has positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles in the region, one just 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site. Additionally, 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.

Earlier in the week, North Korea said it would "hit the U.S. first" with a nuclear weapon should there be any signs of U.S. strikes. On Thursday, North Korea warned of a "merciless retaliatory strike" should the U.S. take any action. It is almost as if the U.S. is eager to provoke the "irrational" North Korean dictator.

"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," said North Korea's statement, which actually sounded quite rational and measured.

Futhermore, virtually everyone knows that Kim's threats are those of a paper tiger: North Korea is not believed to have a deliverable long-range nuclear weapon, according to U.S. experts, nor does it yet possess an intercontinental missile. Which begs the question: why is the US getting involved in yet another regime change operation half way around the world?

South Korea's top diplomat said today that the U.S. would consult with Seoul before taking any serious measures, or at least he hoped: "U.S. officials, mindful of such concerns here, repeatedly reaffirmed that (the U.S.) will closely discuss with South Korea its North Korea-related measures," foreign minister Yun Byung told a special parliamentary meeting. "In fact, the U.S. is working to reassure us that it will not, just in case that we might hold such concerns."

Of course, if the U.S. does not "closely discuss" any pre-strike plans, then... oops.

In any case, a new war may break out as soon as this weekend: "Two things are coming together this weekend," said retired Adm. James Stavridis, former commander of NATO and an NBC analyst. "One is the distinct possibility of a sixth North Korean nuclear weapons detonation and the other is an American carrier strike group, a great deal of firepower headed right at the Korean Peninsula."

The U.S. is aware that simply preparing an attack, even if it will only be launched if there is an "imminent" North Korean action, increases the danger of provoking a large conflict, multiple sources told NBC News.


"It's high stakes," a senior intelligence official directly involved in the planning told NBC News. "We are trying to communicate our level of concern and the existence of many military options to dissuade the North first."


"It's a feat that we've never achieved before but there is a new sense of resolve here," the official said, referring to the White House.

The unofficial admission that a preemptive strike is imminent comes on the same day the U.S. announced the use of its MOAB in Afghanistan, attacking underground facilities, and on the heels of U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airbase last week, a strike that took place while President Trump was meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.

Earlier today, Trump gave China what amounted to a tacit ultimatum: deal with North Korea, or Trump will.

And as the clock is ticking, officials have told NBC that Trump has talked to Chinese president Xi twice about North Korea since their Florida summit.

China has since sent its top nuclear negotiators to Pyongyang to communicate the gravity of the situation to the North, officials say. On Wednesday, President Xi called for a peaceful resolution to the escalating tensions.

It's not just China: "Moscow has weighed in as well: "We are gravely concerned about Washington's plans regarding North Korea, considering hints about the unilateral use of a military scenario" the Putin government said in a press release issued on Tuesday."

Ultimately, the only thing standing between Kim and a Tomahawk is a decision by South Korea, where as a reminder, the political regime has been in chaos since the impeachment of former president Park.

Implementation of the preemptive U.S. plans, according to multiple U.S. officials, depends centrally on consent of the South Korean government. The sources stress that Seoul has got to be persuaded that action is worth the risk, as there is universal concern that any military move might provoke a North Korean attack, even a conventional attack across the DMZ.

Tensions have escalated on the Korean Peninsula, as this Saturday marks the anniversary of the birth of the nation's founder — Kim il-Sung, grandfather of the current leader, Kim Jong-un. At the highest levels in South Korea and the U.S., sources told NBC News, there are fears North Korea could mark the "Day of the Sun" by testing a nuclear device. As discussed yesterday, North Korea in the past has used these national holidays to celebrate the strengths of the regime and to reinforce the national narrative of their independence, as confirmed by Cha.

"I think that is what President Trump is getting trying to get the Chinese to do," said Cha. "[It] would impose real pain and force real choices on North Korea — whether the costs are worth it for them to continue to pursue this program if they no longer have any sustenance."

In addition to the coal ships, the Chinese made an important gesture at the UN Thursday: A surprising abstention on a Security Council resolution condemning a Syrian chemical weapons attack. China didn't stand with the Russians on Syria, as it has in the past.

But the biggest indicator may have been the market: for the first time in month, the S&P closed on the lowest tick of the day ahead of a long weekend, almost as if traders had no desire to go long into a the 72 hours in which there is a non-trivial chance that, in some form or another, a nuclear device may go off, coupled with the launch of an unknown number of US Tomahawk missiles.

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svayambhu108's picture

Reality may launch preemptive strike on US!

UndergroundPost's picture

Must go to Congress 1st, Mr. President.

Skateboarder's picture

They've been doing the whole Nork scaremongering for quite a while now. This is nothing new... just making the rounds with the new president is all.

Distraction away from Syria is all this is.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Gold "may" go to 10,000 tonight as well...

Please pay me in advance for my advice.

knukles's picture

Jesus H!  Ahoy!  Peak Madness on the Horizon!!!!!!

BaBaBouy's picture

GOING Full WarTard ...

What the Hell have we Elected ???

knukles's picture

Talk about "Friday" news releases. 

sincerely_yours's picture

First, the US is goading Russia by attacking and now wanting to invade Syria.

Now, the US is goading China by wanting to attack its North Korean ally.


Talk about suicidal.

Muddy1's picture

Based on how many missle failures they have hd I'd recommend Trump wait and see if they even have a test.  China has said they would take care of NK nuke facilities if they do test a weapon.  Let the Chineese do it.  Then we can see their military capabilities.

evoila's picture

Drop a giant ass bomb on Afghanistan, a couple on North Korea, a bunch close to Russian troops in Syria and bob's your uncle, you got a world war on your hands. 

new game's picture

don't forget yemen and ukraine.

yogibear's picture

Trump is determined to go full-bore WWIII.

What, does he think he buy real estate in NY, or in CA. cheaper?

This is pissing many of his supporters and other countries off.

Mango327's picture

Something is moving beneath the surface. The Chinese have taken the Syrian airstrike (political theater?) as proof that Trump is not fucking around and will cut Kim's head off if needed, without warning anyone. The Chinese may be the first to strike. Who knows? We will find out soon though. For some reason I feel no worry at all, this all feels like kabuki theater, like a script being played out in order to achieve some other end. Whether that end is a Global Monetary Reset and a Gold-backed Dollar, or a nuclear holocaust that wipes out 90% of humanity, remains to be seen... It's the End of the World as We Know It, and I feel Fine..


MANvsMACHINE's picture

Is there any demand for the USDollar in NK? Probably not.

If they take out KJU, will there then be demand for the USDollar there?


Manthong's picture

Aw c’mon Benedict Trumpbama…

You can’t be a powerful leader unless you strike a blow for peace and freedom by whacking North Korea.

Who cares if Seoul gets leveled by the thousands of artillery pieces in the hills and mountains just north of the DMZ that you cannot possibly take out.

You da’ man now and you got all those MIIC neo lib/cons, generals, bankers and defense contractors just panting waiting to see you show strength by doing their bidding.

And the Chinese probably won’t be too unhappy to see Seoul turned to dust.

Americans really don’t need those Samsung big screens and Androids.

Who cares if you end up with no popular support after the ensuing murder and disaster.

You have the deep state.

But do not be surprised when they give you up.


Dame Ednas Possum's picture

CHUMP:  Meh... let them eat (chocolate) cake. 

Victory_Garden's picture

Now darnit. Why didja said that?

How many remember when that nuklear explosion happened in the funny little land called, fuckushima? Member that fake president soterobama took his whole family down to So Am and was kicking a ball around down there, leaving the entire country of Americans to take the plutoniuniom fallout for the next three weeks after? Had to cover up the ground and veggies then and it was a son of gun to do that. Had all kinds of mutant flowers that year also. Stayed sealed for the next four weeks after that.

So, long story short, get in what foods you can before it is gone and everything there after is contaminated should they actually do something stupid like use a nuke. What would come from even just one, would contaminate many unsuspecting and unprepared people all across the USA. It is always good to bone up on yer nuklear preparedness and protocols for what to do just in case all this banter, is not just banter.



Another thing to consider, call your kids and ask them how they are going to feel when they get drafted and have a choice to go fight chinese and n. koreans in the west, or Russians, Syrians, isreallis, and Irianians in the east?

What a deal. Choice, eh!




HowdyDoody's picture

MAGA - Munching American Gateau Again

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Has anyone thought about this:

They have this rather large and stupid parade tomorrow.  We know for a fact that KJU and all of his high command as well as literally thousands of soldiers will be in one place at one time in the open air.  

The next time this happens is the next military parade of his.  

It seems if you wanted to completely decapitate the DPRK's leadership a couple/few dozen cruise missiles aimed squarely at the President's box at this stupid parade is a golden opportunity, not only to nail KJU but his staff, assistants, chiefs of staff, etc., all at one time?

If I was advising Trump on what to do, this would be the single best way to collapse the entire DPRK and the 175,000 Chinese troops on the border are there to swoop in and restore order, as well as being a rather large bargaining chip when discussing Korean unification.   

RiverRoad's picture

Amazingly and apparently the American people voted for Trump to do exactly as he promised: Where applicable he is acting with no prior notification and he is now attempting to actually win any and/or all of the endless wars we have been "fighting".

While Obama fanned the flames in the ME and elsewhere for 8 years, Trump is attempting to put those flames out once and for all.  The guy is sticking his neck out.  It will be interesting to see whether he gets his head chopped off or gets to eat more dessert.

goober's picture

And some Korean BBQ !

I seriously doubt we see any nuke war as many are freaking on. There is a reason the dinner with Xi was timed as it was and that should be beyond obvious. Every event in the last 2 weeks has been a deliberate plan. The Chinese will solve it all themselves, the deal has been made, all else is kabuki. If KJU continues he will be deposed, and perhaps by someone close to him. Do you suppose he is actually the loved dear leader ? The end result of it all wil isl KJU will be gone and many will be very glad. NK will simply be a more compliant state of China.

This is far more important here in USA

If I am 100% wrong I will still have great workout today and tomorrow. The absolute worse thing that can happen is we all die, and we will anyway. So just a matter of when , why and how. I far prefer to live on my terms these days realizing I have little control of anything, except myself. We live in a sort of controlled insanity and that is just the way it is.



LithiumWarsWAKEUP's picture

#1, their artillery can't "level Seoul". Nope. It can hit it,,, make some problems,,, but not a lot of problems that won't immediately be offset. 'small' nukes, and other bombs would take out NK's artillery. And they are moving to make sure NK doesn't do anything stupid. Since NK is doing stupid things, they will pay the price. Not with Obummer though, oh no. He wouldn't do anything. Fear not. #2, No china doesn't want Seoul to get hit, either. Wake the f' up and learn something. They LOVE business. Commies will die off soon enough,,,you're still living in 'Mao Thought'. You worry too much.

44magnum's picture

The internet general has forsaw it.

Ace Ventura's picture

That's an interesting take.....literally THOUSANDS of artillery shells hitting Seoul will only amount to a few problems. Maybe crack a couple of windows or temporarily knock a few potted-plants over.

FreedomGuy's picture

I don't think anyone "knows" what Trump will do which is sometimes an asset in negotiation. We know for sure Obama would not do anything stronger than say "Now, cut it out!" as if he was talking to elementary school student. N. Korea would do as they like. I believe they signaled they will not test today when they said, "They will conduct tests when they see fit." That may mean now is not a fit time. The dictator is not to bright but even he should be able to see the problem with China closing the back door and the USA closing the front door. He will be on his own and he needs Chinese rice and diesel plus the coal exports.

As far as S. Korea goes, I am tired of them. They almost always cower. If they cave again I would remove all our forces and wish them luck. Tired of defending allies who will not defend themselves. This problem is older than most anyone posting here in the comments and it goes on decade after decade.

IntTheLight's picture

No Asians are our friends. Our troops must be removed from South Korea!

IntTheLight's picture

I want trump to take our troops out of Korea.

LithiumWarsWAKEUP's picture

yet 'many supporters' are in favor of what Trump is doing. Next.

daily westerner's picture
daily westerner (not verified) evoila Apr 13, 2017 7:08 PM

Not really happening.

The Kosher Mafia behind Trump have NO real interest there, is just a side show to keep media busy while they finalize the WH take over.

And furthermore, China WON'T ALLOW IT

Beijing Warns US Against Attacking North Korea: “Riskier than Striking Syria”

alt right dude's picture

I'll believe it when I'll see it.

Right now I have trouble believing ANYTHING coming from WH, especially when we have contradictory messages every single day.

Tillerson says one thing, Spicer another then comes Trump with the 3rd version of things.

The swamp is overflowing the WH with stinking BS.


LithiumWarsWAKEUP's picture

What will China do if we sink every container ship in the Pacific, for one week?

44magnum's picture

What will we do? no clothes, no hardware, no furniture, no auto parts, no electronics, no computers,no printers,etc, etc, etc. no manufacturing in the US.

Good plan general

geno-econ's picture

We have a  Reality Show President and Generals.   If it leads to WW III, this shit show will have to be cancelled and all the characters Fired including entire cast of Neocon stage managers.  The Reality Show is becoming a Comedy Show for the world to laugh at.  That is the gamble Trump has taken without consent of the People.  End of first 100 days will be decisive in evaluating and rating Trumps accomplishments or failures. 

thisandthat's picture

Now, now, y'all calm down; seriously, what could ever possibly go wrong with that... hmmm, lemme thinkaboutit.... btw, anyone up for mushrooms?

yogibear's picture

Trump's hard-ass attitude is going to wipe us off the map.

loveyajimbo's picture

You prefer to bend over and hope Kim is kind, like your idol Barry Obunghole did... eh, Snowflake douchebag?

And I doubt if NBC is a reliable source for anything Trump...

perchprism's picture

Exactly.   So tired of hearing the pillow biters sniveling because finally we have a president who isn't scared to deal with dickheads.



HowdyDoody's picture

A while back, the US and NK came to agreement that the NK would cease its nuke development in exchange for oil imports into NK. The NKs stopped development. The US reneged on the deal. The NKs resumed nuke development. So surprise, surprise, the US were the dickheads yet again.

yogibear's picture

Trump preached staying out unless necessary.

We can no longer afford to be the world's cop.

Ron and Rand Paul had it right. Endless wars and debt.

Starting a war in Syria because of the turkey qatar pipeline .

Then starting a war with NK's Fat boy.

War on 2 fronts.


Nexus789's picture

Never the world's cop. All a myth and now the US empire of chaos is in terminal decline. 

44magnum's picture

Kim aint gonna do shit unless hes attacked first. Like his father before him they keep their population scared and fearfull and they stay in power. Fuck they have been playing the game since the fifties.

Playtime's Over's picture

Shoot first and investigate the facts never....

PT's picture

Some kind of game of Neo-Con chicken?
"First we invade Syria, then we invade Iran, then we invade North Korea, then we invade Crimea then we invade Russia ..."
"Why can't we invade them all at once?  Let's simultaneously invade the Middle East, Asia and Russia!  That'll learn 'em!"
"Eeeek!  Stop!  You're a mad man!"

king leon's picture

It doesn't matter how many troops the US deploy to Syria 10.000,50.000,150.000 they will get whacked.