- 'READY FOR WAR': A US aircraft carrier loaded with fighter jets is steaming toward North Korea.
- Pyongyang is preparing for a “big and important event”.
- What is going on and what is likely to happen next?
A U.S. missile defense system that's now being installed in South Korea will be operational "in the coming days," says Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.
President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis have said all options are on the table to counter what Harris called "the reckless North Korean regime" in his testimony Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee. But Harris also stated, "We want to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not to his knees."
Hours before the admiral spoke to members of Congress, parts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system, or THAAD, began the trip to their deployment site in a rural part of South Korea.
"The overnight, unannounced operation came just six days after U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) secured the land in Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, from the South Korean government," the Yonhap News Agency reports.
The US anti-missile system designed to mitigate the threat of North Korea's missiles will soon be operational, US and South Korean defense officials said Wednesday.
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