For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the United States’ nuclear bombers will be placed on a 24 hour watch system. The US Air Force have made the decision due to increasing tensions with North Korea, reports The Daily Mail.
Equipped B-52 bombers stationed at Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force will be ready for action within a day’s notice. General David Goldfein said that the preparations were a precaution. He added that in no way did it mean the US were planning attacks; rather, they were ensuring the country would be adequately defended in the event of an attack. “I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward,” he said.
North Korea’s government news source the KCNA responded to the news with anger. “Dignitaries of White House, and State and Defense Departments of the US are having a hard time cooling Trump overheated with a war fever, but only the south Korean puppet forces are fanning up the lunatic fingering a nuclear button,” a statement from the agency read.
“Lunatic Trump is running headlong into ruin, taking America with him, and the poor puppet forces are following him, at the peril of their lives,” the KCNA continued. “No wonder, such hooligan as thoughtless Trump is going on the rampage after becoming owner of White House, rendering the world restless.”