WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington leaders have ordered a “full-scale” terror attack drill set for the nation’s capitol on Wednesday in light of mounting tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, federal officials have confirmed.
In a press release on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments stated (https://www.mwcog.org/newsroom/2017/04/24/full-scale-exercise-focused-on-preparing-for-complex-terror-attacks-to-include-national-capital-region-first-responders-emergency-managers/) that law enforcement officers and first responders have been ordered to participate in an exercise “designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region.”
Scott Boggs, managing director of Homeland Security and Public Safety at COG said the drill will include hundreds of police and first responders in addition to dozens of actors.
“Law enforcement officials practice and exercise their skills on their own regularly because that’s the best way to ensure we are always ready to respond quickly and professionally,” Boggs said in a statement. “On April 26, we’ll go one step further and stage a very realistic emergency event involving multiple sites and actors posing as the casualties. However, there is no reason for residents to be alarmed because the exercise will occur in a controlled environment.”
The drill will be held across six sites in D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland.
The drill is being held on the same day the president has asked all members of Senate to attend an emergency meeting at the White House where they will be briefed on the escalating conflict with North Korea.
After a meeting with the president, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters that even if North Korea has developed the technology for a preemptive nuclear strike, Trump will not allow that to happen.
“If I were North Korea, I would not underestimate President Trump’s resolve to stop them from getting a missile to hit our homeland,” he said.
Tensions between the United States and the rogue state have risen sharply in recent weeks as a series of North Korean missile tests have prompted dire warnings from President to watch who they provoke, adding that “all options are on the table” – including military strikes – to curb the North Korean leader Kim Jung un’s nuclear ambitions.
In a show of force, president Trump ordered a fleet of U.S. war ships with nuclear capability to stand by at the Korean border. The latest vessel, the USS Carl Vinson, is scheduled to arrive in the Sea of Japan within days, American Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday.
But as of Tuesday, the communist leader remains defiant.
“Now that we possess mighty nuclear power to protect ourselves from US nuclear threat, we will respond without the slightest hesitation to full-out war with full-out war and to nuclear war with our style of nuclear strike, and we will emerge victor in the final battle with the United States,” the North’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said on Saturday in a commentary that North Korea would not hesitate to launch “full out war” against the U.S., if provoked (http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/north-korea-mad-170422145639890.html).
“The US has now gone seriously mad. It is mulling frightening the DPRK and achieving something with nuclear strategic bombers, nuclear carriers, etc,” Rodong Sinmun said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic Republic of Korea.
“However, the army and people of the DPRK will never be browbeaten by such bluffing. Under the situation where the US hurts the DPRK by force of arms, we have nothing to be bound to. The DPRK will answer to such war moves and provocations with pre-emptive strike of its own style and a great war of justice for national reunification.”