A source with ties to the United States intelligence community told BMN and The New Union late on Monday that the country has entered a state of increased level of alert in regards to the threat of North Korean missiles striking Guam.
This followed multiple reports saying that satellite-captured missile armament movements in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea raised an alarm.
The source, who will not be named due to anonymity, said that Washington will be working closely with another country that holds relevant intelligence The country cannot be identified at this time due to security risks.
The United States Pacific Command, or PACOM, told the source early Tuesday morning that the inclement weather in the form of rain and fog has muddled any chance of accurate imagery at this time in North Korea.
PACOM clarified internally that their public statement released on Aug 9 still stands. They also released a similar statement two hours before this report saying there was no imminent threat from North Korea while clarifying a false alarm incident.
Reports indicate that US President Donald Trump was briefed on the situation.
This comes just hours after North Korea backed off using weaponry on Guam, according to Pyongyang’s state media.
However, Kim Jung Un warned he could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.”
Pyongyang is 12.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC time, or EST. Thus, when this story broke, it was day time in North Korea and was raining and foggy, according to The Weather Network.
The United States has made clear that any missiles sent in the direction of Guam would be a highly provocative act.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Monday the US would “take out” any projectile or projectiles launched, and that it could lead to war.
North Korea is widely considered to be grossly outmatched in terms of military hardware, quantity, and personnel in comparison to the United States.
More details to follow.