Today the US Senate met for a briefing about the state of North Korea and the possible outcomes that the future may hold.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was cited as saying:

“The military is obviously planning for a number of options, as they should — minimal military action to more significant action”

Cruz continued, “It’s of course the hope of the administration and Congress that military action isn’t necessary. If there’s a clear and imminent threat to the U.S., our military needs to be prepared to act and I believe they are prepared to act to keep our country safe.”

Specifics in the Senate meeting were not touched on but there has been an increase in US missile defense systems located in South Korea. So there’s that.

During this meeting, North Korean officials are gearing up for the country’s sixth nuclear test. Satellite images reveal no water being pumped from the portal which usually means that a test is able to be conducted.

According to 38north.org,

“It is unclear if the noted activity represents a “tactical pause” before a forthcoming nuclear test, a broader more prolonged “stand down” from testing or normal facility operations. Regardless, satellite imagery continues to indicate that the Punggye-ri nuclear test site appears able to conduct a sixth nuclear test at any time once the order is received from Pyongyang.”

Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea via Getty Images

Time will tell how this whole situation will unfold. As always stay tuned and stay Droesty.

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