After launching a medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday, North Korea declared their readiness to deploy the weapon as part of an “answer” to Trump’s policies.
North Korea’s government continued by saying it’s ready to start mass-producing the new missile, and according to Monday reports from The Associated Press, North Korea claims its missile can reach Japan and major U.S. military bases.
But our Commander-In-Chief has not been deterred, sharing plans for the looming threat with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. President Trump spoke with Duterte over the phone on April 29th, addressing a possible strike on North Korea using nearby submarines.
“We have a lot of firepower over there,” Trump said in a transcript of the call, an official document of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. “We have two submarines — the best in the world — we have two nuclear submarines — not that we want to use them at all,” Trump continued. “I’ve never seen anything like they are, but we don’t have to use this but he could be crazy so we will see what happens.”
Naval records supported the statement, showing the USS Michigan Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine was in Busan, South Korea on a “routine visit.” The second vessel – USS Cheyenne Los Angeles-class attack submarine – was deployed soon after and arrived at a Navy base in Sasebo, Japan on May 2nd.
President Trump and Duterte also discussed using China to pressure North Korea to abandon its missile testing program, in what the White House called “a very friendly conversation, in which the two leaders discussed the concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding regional security, including the threat posed by North Korea.”
Trump has been adamant with his goals, however, stating that “if China doesn’t do it, we will do it” and called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a “madman with nuclear weapons.”
Despite the serious nature of these plans, it’s refreshing to have a man of action in the Oval Office. Dealing with North Korea has long been a daunting and delicate task, one President Trump has zero qualms with tackling.