The pentagon has activated its global missile shield based on an expectation. North Korea is expected to launch a long-range missile according to defense officials.
The measures include stepped-up electronic monitoring, deployment of missile interceptor ships, and activation of radar networks to areas near the Korean peninsula and western Pacific.
The current White House administration will regard any launches by North Korea as a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions regardless of the reason North Korea claims to launch. Current intelligence suggests that the North Koreans will be launching a missile between April 12 and April 15.
Satellite images have revealed that North Korea may be increasing their preparations for launch.
An analysis of images that the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies gave to Associated Press on Monday shows Pyongyang “has undertaken more extensive preparations for its planned April rocket launch than previously understood.”
Many have been worried about what North Korea will be like under the leadership of Kim Jong-un.