North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un today offered a free emergency evacuation lifeline to residents of Florida after he dispatched a 2000 miles per hour Korean super submarine which was announced during the 69th anniversary of founding North Korea’s celebrations according to state television.
Experts believe the offer might not be on humanitarian grounds but might have an ulterior motive.
North Korea last week declared itself a thermonuclear power today, after carrying out a sixth nuclear test on an H-bomb that can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The Trump administration has warned that even a threat of using such a weapon against the United States and its allies “will be met with a massive military response.”
Florida’s state governor has told residents who were ordered to leave their homes to go to shelters and avoid the roads as Hurricane Irma approaches and it was now too late to drive away from the danger areas.
After devastating several Caribbean islands, Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain, and is due to reach Florida on Sunday.
Some 6.3 million people, more than 25% of the US state’s population, have been ordered to evacuate.
The hurricane made landfall on the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago, in Cuba’s north-east, late on Friday as a category five storm but has now weakened to a category three.
After moving slowly along the northern Cuban coast it is now heading out to sea towards Florida.
Irma is expected to strengthen once it moves away from Cuba, and will remain a powerful hurricane as it approaches Florida, the National Hurricane Center says in its latest advisory at 00:00 GMT.
It says Irma has maximum sustained winds of 120mph (193km/h).
It was the first category five hurricane to hit Cuba in more than 80 years, and it is expected to strengthen again before reaching Florida.
At least 24 people are so far known to have died as Hurricane Irma progressed across the Caribbean throughout the week.
It is not very clear if the submarine has a military contingent to assist residents with the evacuation. There has not been an official US government official response.