BREAKING NEWS TODAY: US nuclear submarine rushed to North Korea as missile launch feared TODAY
A NUCLEAR powered submarine from the US is due to arrive in South Korea this weekend amid fears Kim Jong-un may launch another missile.
The USS Michigan, an 18,000-metric tonne submarine, is scheduled to arrive in the South Korean port of Busan by this weekend.
The deadly submarine is equipped with 54 Tomahawk missiles that are capable of hitting targets up to 2253 km away.
Basan port is 525 km away from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang – well within strike range of the USS Michigan’s missiles.
The deployment comes as analysts fear North Korea may be about to test another hydrogen bomb or ballistic missile.
In a series of explosive tweets, US President Donald Trump suggested military action may be the only way to deal with the North Korea crisis.
His top general Mark Milley, US army chief of staff, warned yesterday that a “full-blown war” with North Korea would be “horrific”.
The decision to take military action against North Korea lies with “elected representatives”, he said.
But Mr Milley added that “there is a timeline on this” due to North Korea’s rapid development of nuclear weapons.
He added: “It’s not an indefinite amount of time. And there will be decisions made, there’s no question about it.”
Next week the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier will join the USS Michigan in South Korea, according to reports.
The US has been building up its military presence in South Korea after the North conducted a series of nuclear and missile tests.
In July North Korea tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) thought to be capable of reaching the US.
Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to do so in a fiery speech at the United Nations a few months later.
The USS Michigan, an Ohio-class nuclear-powered submarine, is one of the 18 subs active with the US Navy.
Its Trident ballistic missiles can carry up to eight 100-kiloton warheads around five times more power than bomb that decimated Hiroshima during World War 2.