The Pentagon is sending an aircraft carrier and several warships toward the Korean Peninsula in a major escalation of the conflict between the U.S. and North Korea. The decision to deploy the aircraft carrier, known as the Carl Vinson, and three guided-missile destroyers and cruisers to the peninsula came only days after North Korea launched its latest ballistics missile test. This missile reportedly flew only 37 miles.
NBC News is reporting, citing unnamed military officials, that the National Security Council has presented President Trump with a series of options on North Korea, which include deploying U.S. nuclear weapons to South Korea’s Osan Air Base. This would mark the United States’ first overseas nuclear deployment since the end of the Cold War. Another option reportedly presented to President Trump is the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.