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PRAY FOR PEACE! U.S. and North Korea are closer to war than ever as military assets gather in the region

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
10/11/2017 (6 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

So far, North Korea has refrained from testing another missile.

PRAY FOR PEACE! The USA and North Korea are closer to war than ever as U.S. military assets are gathering in the region. President Trump is scheduled to tour Asia in early November, and one of his visits will be to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. North Korea appears ready to test more weapons at any moment.

The USA, South Korea, and Japan have performed a joint exercise which included flying a bomber off the east coast of North Korea.

The USA, South Korea, and Japan have performed a joint exercise which included flying a bomber off the east coast of North Korea.

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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
10/11/2017 (6 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: North Korea, US, war, Trump, test, pray, peace


LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - North Korea has acted unpredictably, and refrained from testing a missile, and possibly a nuclear bomb. Intelligence services and experts have warned that such tests could be imminent, especially the launch of a missile that would have the unmistakable ability to strike the American west coast.

Over the weekend, the test was described as "imminent," but did not occur, possibly because of bad weather at the launch location. The launch is a test, and officials want good weather to ensure good tracking data and video. It is also possible that the rocket developed a problem, or that the regime opted against the expected test. There could also be no imminent test, and experts may have been fooled.


Regardless, the US is aggregating a number of powerful military assets including two aircraft carrier battlegroups, at least one nuclear submarine (odds are there are a couple already deployed) and several strike aircraft. Experts believe the U.S. would need two or three aircraft carriers in the region to effectively suppress North Korea's military within a short window of time.

Of particular concern is the North's artillery, of which thousands of guns and rocket-launchers are deployed north of the DMZ and aimed at Seoul, South Korea. A treble salvo (all guns firing at once) from these weapons could result in tens of thousands of casualties in Seoul, within minutes.

At this time, the aircraft carriers Ronald Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt are both en route to the region. Both are scheduled to participate in exercises. However, both would also be able to support combat operations within minutes, if ordered.

Yesterday, the U.S. flew supersonic B-1 bombers and fighters off the eastern coast of North Korea. This flyby has prompted the North to warn that President Trump as "lit the wick of war." It is unclear what that means when coming from the North Koreans who habitually use hyperbole and bellicose rhetoric to express their frustration with the U.S. and its allies. Japan and South Korea also participated in the exercises.

In the event of war, the outcome is not in doubt. The U.S. and South Korea would crush the North within hours. However, in a short frame of time, the North could also inflict heavy casualties on South Korean civilians and the battles which follow would not be bloodless. Any attempt to occupy Korea could turn the region into a quagmire for U.S. forces, if enough people remain loyal to the regime of Kim Jong Un.

No war if preferable even to a quick war. People are invited to pray and advocate for peace.

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