After North Korea conducted with missile tests in March, Secretary of Defense James Mattis declared at a recent press conference that North Korea is a more urgent situation than Iran, according to FoxNews.com.
Sounds bad? Well, here's confirmation.
According to the British newspaper The Sun, Japan is considering legalizing a pre-emptive strike on North Korea.
Now Japan is contemplating action it hasn't taken in a little over 75 years. So, just how would Japan carry off its first pre-emptive strike? What could it use? Here's a preview.
A dummy version of the GCS-1, Japan's infrared-guided bomb. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)
In that case, we'd most likely see F-2s form the bulk of the strike package. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force would probably try to hit air defenses with Tomahawk cruise missiles (the Kongo and Atago-class destroyers are pretty much copies of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and use the same Mk 41 vertical-launch systems). Then, the F-2s would go in, trying to use the JDAMs to hit the launch facilities.
It would be a moment for the world to hold its breath. Kim Jong Un is not exactly the most stable person in the world, and how he might take having his missiles (or nukes) attacked is anyone's guess.