Today is the 85th anniversary of N. Korea’s Army, Kim Jon Un marked the anniversary by firing a massive artillery drill from coastal N. Korea, and it is a message to the U. S. The live drill included 400 artillery units. S. Korean sources say Kim is deploying long-range artillery units and other equipment to the coast to defend N. Korea from a sea-based invasion. The USS Michigan, a nuclear powered Ohio class submarine docks in S. Korea on its way to join the USS Vinson aircraft carrier near the Sea of Japan. Tensions between U.S. and N.Korea have reached their limits.
President Trump and the UN Security Council met on Monday and all 100 members of the U.S. Senate will be briefed on the situation at the White House on Wednesday. Source: Hannity
In the meantime, China warns Kim Jong-Un Pyongyang faces “GREAT LOSSES” if N. Korea tests another nuke. CHINA has lost patience with N. Korea and warned Kim Jong-un that another nuclear weapons test would push relations “beyond the point of no return”.
The U.S. and S. Korea launch Operation “MAX THUNDER”
This past weekend, N. Korea rolled out new missiles, including several intercontinental ballistic missile models.
The U.S. and South Korea deployed numerous air assets for a massive air combat drill one day after N. Korea’s latest ballistic provocation, the U.S. military reports. Around 1,000 U.S. airmen and fighter jets will train alongside the S. Korean Air Force in the two-week Max Thunder exercise, one of the largest military flying exercises held in S. Korea, U.S. Pacific Command revealed. The joint combat exercises began Monday and will last until the end of April. SOURCE: Dailycaller.com
The entire U.S. Senate has been invited to the White House for a briefing on Wednesday about the North Korea situation. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the upcoming briefing, for all 100 senators. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats plan to provide the update to lawmakers.
S. Korea’s Defense Ministry has said the North appears ready to conduct such “strategic provocations” at any time. S. Korean Acting Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has instructed his military to strengthen its “immediate response posture” in case N. Korea does something significant on the April 25 anniversary of its military. N. Korea often marks significant dates by displaying military capability.
On Monday, Trump also had lunch with ambassadors of countries on the U.N. Security Council. Ahead of the meeting, Trump called for “big reforms” at the U.N. and criticizing its handling of recent events in Syria and North Korea – but said it has “tremendous potential.”
“You just don’t see the United Nations, like, solving conflicts. I think that’s going to start happening now,” he said.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.