There is vast speculation that North Korea could be planning a nuclear test on Tuesday, to correspond with a military founding anniversary.
On Monday, North Korea issued new threats against the U.S., which it accuses of plotting an invasion. The below description from the South Korea's Korea Herald talks about the regime's reaction to American warships coming closer to the peninsula:
"The world would clearly see how the US' rash, arrogant aircraft carriers turn into a lump of scrap metal and gets buried at sea, and how the country vanishes from the Earth," state-run website Uriminzokkiri said.
"Our super-hard-line responses include sudden, pre-emptive strikes involving land, naval, underwater and airmobile assets."
The USS Carl Vinson's strike group is nearing the Korean Peninsula, CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin reports. It is south of the Tokara Strait, which is between Okinawa and the Japanese main islands in the Philippine Sea. They are joined by two Japanese destroyers, and it will also be joined by South Korean ships.
North Korea threatens that it will sink this U.S. Navy strike group that's led by the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier; it is also being reported by a North Korean university that one of its lecturers, who holds U.S. and South Korean citizenship, has been detained.
"In a statement, [Pyongyang University of Science and Technology] said that its adjunct professor, 58-year-old Tony Kim, who also goes by Kim Sang-duk, was detained at the airport in Pyongyang as he was about to leave the country on Saturday local time," NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports. "The university said Kim's detention had nothing to do with his academic work. So far, North Korea has remained silent about Kim's detention."
It's not yet clear yet why Kim might have been detained, other than as a possible bargaining tool for North Korea.
In a meeting with the UN Security Council, President Donald Trump has said that North Korea is a "real threat" to the world and warned the "the status quo is unacceptable."
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