As North Korean pushes closer to all-out nuclear war against the U.S and South Korea, every moment there are new developments in the region.
Here's what you need to know right now...
1. North Korea's Missiles Are Locked & Loaded
According to the regime North Korean missiles are in launchers and are ready to go.
South Korean government officials are saying that their intelligence indicates that there has been movement of North Korean missiles over the last 24 hours. It's believed officials in Pyongyang ordered the movement of "lightweight missiles" to the east of the country.
2. The White House is Prepared for the Worst
The White House have said they wouldn't "be surprised" if North Korea launched a "bellicose" missile strike. President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney told reporters today:
It would fit their current pattern of bellicose, unhelpful and unconstructive rhetoric and actions, e have seen them launch missiles in the past, and the United Nations Security Council has repeatedly condemned them as violations of the North’s obligations under numerous Security Council resolutions.
3. The U.S Military Has Responded
According to theaviationist.com:
After moving two Langley’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to Osan airbase, in South Korea, launching a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber on a round-trip training mission over a South Korean’s gunnery range from the Continental U.S., and deploying THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system to Guam, positioning two guided-missile destroyers in the waters near the Korean peninsula, the Pentagon has decided to strengthen its presence in the region by deploying several B-1 Lancer long range bombers to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
4. North Korea Told Foreign Diplomats to Leave by April 10; Russia is Staying Put
Government officials in Pyongyang are telling foreign embassies in North Korea that they have until April 10 to get out, after that, they're on their own. But Russia has responded through their consulate in Pyongyang, saying that although they are "considering" the request, the embassy is "working normally."
The UK Foreign Office confirmed they recieved a communique from the North Korean government saying:
[They] would be unable to guarantee the safety of embassies and international organizations in the country in the event of conflict from April 10
Diplomats, including members of UN delegations in North Korea, will meet tomorrow to discuss developments but none currently plan to leave the country.
5. Fidel Castro Scolded North Korea & Likened the Situation to the Cuban Missile Crisis
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has attempted to persuade North Korea to seek peace with the west. Castro had good relations with both Kim Jong-Un's father and grandfather. Castro described Kim Il-Sung (the current Kim's grandfather) as: "a historic, strikingly valiant and revolutionary figure." But writing in the Cuban Communist Party's newspaper Gramma Castro wrote:
If war breaks out there, the people on both sides of the [Korean] peninsula will be terribly slaughtered, without any benefit for either of them...
...it would not be just to forget that such a war would affect, in a special way, more than 70% of the world's population.
When Castro was leader of Cuba he helped bring the world to the brink of nuclear when he allowed the Soviet military install missile launching pads on the island in 1962.