U.S. may launch a preemptive strike if North Korea reaches for nuclear trigger

Several senior U.S. intelligence officials have reportedly told NBC News that the “U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test.”

This follows a warning by North Korea that a “big event” is near, which U.S. officials say points to a planned “nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend.”

The intelligence officials reportedly said that the U.S. has two missile-armed destroyers positioned within striking range of the North Korean nuclear test site, and American heavy bombers “positioned in Guam to attack North Korea should it be necessary.”

And, according to a Pentagon announcement earlier this week, the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was also heading to the potential conflict area.