Gen. Casey: U.S. Ready to Fight War Against North Korea
Troops on high alert as North Korea moves artillery to western coast.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff General George Casey today insisted that the army was “prepared” to fight a war against North Korea, in the event one broke out. Given the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Gen. Casey conceded that “it would probably take us a little bit longer to shift gears” into fighting a more conventional conflict with the massive North Korean army. >>>
Robert Gates, U.S. defence secretary, said on Friday that North Korea had not taken any extraordinary military steps, despite the Stalinist regime’s belligerent rhetoric in the wake of its recent nuclear test.
“I am not aware of any military moves in the North that are out of the ordinary,” Mr Gates said.
He was speaking to reporters en route to Singapore where he was expected to discuss the situation in North Korea with Asian defence ministers. His visit came amid reports that North Korea had fired another short-range missile, the sixth since it conducted a nuclear test on Monday.
North Korea threatened on Friday to take “self-defence measures” if the United Nations Security Council provoked it – a reference to moves to punish the regime. >>>
North Korea has fired another short-range missile off its east coast, the sixth such launch since it tested a nuclear weapon on Monday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency has reported.
Friday’s reported test-fire followed a statement from North Korea’s foreign ministry pledging to respond if the U.N. Security Council agreed any fresh sanctions over the tests.
“If the U.N. Security Council provokes us, our additional self-defence measures will be inevitable,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
“Any hostile acts by the U.N. Security Council will be tantamount to the demolition of the armistice,” it said in a reference to the truce that ended the Korean War in 1953.
The North has previously test-fired short-range missiles into the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan, often during periods of tension in the region.
North Korea conducted its second nuclear test on Monday and followed it up with a series of short-range missile launches, all in violation of a U.N. resolution. >>>
Charles Vick, a senior analyst at GlobalSecurity.org says the North Koreans know that if they carry out action or throw nuke or anything of that kind they will be eliminated from the planet as a surviving civilization. (4:23):