3rd UPDATE: 9:06 p.m. EDT: Foreign Policy reports with Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un all too often displaying recklessness, leaders from other nations are asking for a steady and calm attitude.
Despite all of this, the Pentagon has tried to downplay to deployment of the carrier strike group, saying that American ships operate in the region on a regular basis. Yet the ships were pulled out of a planned exercise with the Australian Navy in order to steam toward Korea, signaling how seriously Washington is taking the threat from Pyongyang.
2nd UPDATE: 8:34 p.m. EDT: Tweet from VOA’s Steve Herman
1st UPDATE: Tweet from FOX News’ Jennifer Griffin
ORIGINAL POST: NBC News reported the details.
The intelligence officials told NBC News that the U.S. has positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles in the region, one just 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site.
American heavy bombers are also positioned in Guam to attack North Korea should it be necessary, and earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was being diverted to the area.