Tensions have been rising dramatically between the U.S. and North Korea over the past few weeks. Now, they appear to have reached a boiling point.
Conservative Tribune reported that Trump just sent a military aircraft that specializes in detecting radioactive debris to Okinawa, Japan. The Air Force WC-135 Constant Phoenix, also known as a “nuke-sniffer,” gathers and filters gasses using two scoops on the sides of its fuselage. Crews are then able to analyze the fallout residue from an explosion and confirm the presence of nuclear material that will help them figure out what warhead was used.
The Phoenix arrived at the Kadena Air Base on Okinawa on Friday.
A senior official with Japan Self-Defense Force confirmed the Phoenix’s arrival and said that Japan has increased it’s intelligence gathering and equipped ships with missile defense systems in preparation for a possible missile launch.
After the U.S. air strike in Syria last week, North Korea warned of “catastrophic consequences” if the U.S. attempted a pre-emptive strike. Over the past year, North Korea has tested nearly 30 missiles and conducted two nuclear tests.
Meanwhile, Trump has said that military action is not off the tablewhen it comes to Korea and has called on China to handle its ally or the United States will.
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