This is a screaming headline, people.
"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said North Korea posed a "real and clear danger" to the U.S. military base on the western Pacific island."And Guam is only the beginning of a vast Pacific zone now really and clearly threatened by North Korea.
'North Korea has "ratcheted up their bellicose, dangerous rhetoric, and some of the actions they've taken over the last few weeks present a real and clear danger and threat," Hagel said Wednesday in a speech at the National Defense University in Washington.That's "a real and clear danger and threat" to the whole Pacific Ocean!
Areas at risk include South Korea and Japan, as well as Guam, Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States, he said. "We have to take those threats seriously."
And if that doesn't scare you...
"South Korean and US intelligence authorities have obtained indications the North has moved an object that appears to be a mid-range missile to the east coast," the agency said citing a South Korean government source. The missile is believed to be a mid-range Musudan missile, with a reach of some 3,000 km or more.Exactly what it means for North Korea to "ratify" a nuclear strike on the USA I don't know, and it isn't exactly a given that anybody in Washington understands that language or anything else about this rapidly evolving situation well enough to predict North Korea's next move.
This comes as the North Korean army says it has final approval for nuclear attack on the US. "Merciless operation of its revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified," said a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army, according to the statement released by the state KCNA news agency.
There's some additional context in my diary on the same subject from yesterday -
And in the comments under this diary ProPublica also brought in an excellent link from Foreign Policy: