Tensions are on the rise in the Pacific, as North Korea continues to issue threats left and right. Our allies, South Korea and Japan, are extremely concerned because they’re the nations under the most serious threat due to their contentious relations with the rogue nation and proximity to it.
As reported at Clash Daily, in the wake of Kim Jong-Un’s recent threats, Japan is taking drastic steps to ensure the safety of its people.
Japan’s National Security Council has begun discussing how to evacuate its nearly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis, a government official said on Friday.
In the event of a crisis, Japan wants to not only use commercial ships and planes to assist in the evacuation but military aircraft and ships as well, so long as the South Korean government agrees.
In a meeting last Thursday, Japan’s NSC also discussed how to deal with a possible flood of North Korean refugees into Japan, which they are planning to assist.
But they’re also considering how to deal with potential North Korean spies and soldiers hiding among the potential refugees, which could cause serious problems.
Late last week, the US began moving “huge nuclear strategic assets” into the Korean peninsula, and Vice President Mike Pence has also made the journey to South Korean to reassure allies of America’s resolve.
On Tuesday, Pence reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the United States stands “100 percent“ behind Japan in working to reign in North Korea’s nuclear program.
“We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan,” Pence said.
“We are with you 100 percent.”
He said that while “all options are on the table,” President Trump was determined to work with Japan, South Korea, and other allies in Asia to resolve the problem.
Pence made these statement after arriving at a US naval base in South Korea, where he warned Pyongyang from the Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea that “the era of strategic patience is over.”
Abe made a statement as well, saying that he wants the situation to be resolved peacefully, however, he also added that “dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless.”
This situation is evolving every day, as the Trump administration makes moves to counter an increasingly defiant North Korea.
With their nuclear capability, it’s incredibly difficult to dissuade the nation from doing what it wants.
That being said, for too long Kim and his father have closed themselves off from the world, while simultaneously threatening everyone with nuclear annihilation.
Nipping this problem in the bud now may be the best course of action, since their nuclear and ballistic missile technology will only improve in the years ahead, making them an even greater threat.
One thing’s for sure, Trump and our allies must tread carefully, as they’re dealing with a nutcase in Kim.
Source: Clash Daily