World leaders are watching North Korea with trepidation, while Pyongyang watches U.S. aircraft carriers circling the waters off the Korean Peninsula and worries that the current U.S.-South Korea annual wargames are actually preparing to invade the communist regime.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that North Korea may have the technology to launch missiles with Sarin nerve gas, according to a report on Fox News.
Secretly developed during WWII as a chemical weapon, just one whiff of its vapors or any amount of skin exposure and deadly Sarin gas cuts off nerve signals to vital organs. Sarin is suspected of having been used by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad when he attacked his own people.
North Korea has since warned that it will retaliate any military action that might take place now that the U.S. has sent a naval aircraft carrier and its battle group into the area.
Adding to the tension are the annual wargames which are now taking place between the U.S. and South Korea, and recent ballistic missile launches by the North. Pyongyang may view the annual maneuvers as a preparation for an invasion, while North Korea’s missile launches are violating U.N. resolutions.
According to 38 North, a U.S. research institute that monitors North Korea, satellite imagery shows activity at the Punggye-ri testing site, while foreign journalists inside the country were told that a “big and important event” would take place on Thursday.
H/T: Fox News
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