North Korea Says It Won't Fire Missiles At Guam, After All

Lester Mason
August 15, 2017

Defense Minister also rates chances of North Korean strike near Guam as "very low " Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo said on August 14 that a date for deployment of four additional launchers for the US Forces Korea THAAD system "has not been set", but added that the ministry would "hurry to ensure that the temporary deployment is completed within the year at least".

Speaking to Pentagon reporters Mr Mattis, whose response to North Korea until now had been more muted, said if North Korean missiles were considered to be a threat to Guam "then it's game on".

Trump also spoke this weekend with Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, reassuring him that US military forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the USA territory, a White House statement said.

Mr Kim said he will "watch the actions of the USA a little bit more" before deciding whether to launch the missile attack, according to the state news agency.

Meanwhile, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe used a telephone call on Tuesday to praise Mr Trump's commitment to protect United States allies in the region and halt missile launches from Pyongyang.

While Pyongyang said it would test fire its missiles towards Guam in the western Pacific Ocean.

Mattis was reluctant to speak in detail about how the Trump administration will handle future North Korean missile launches.

Mattis said that the US military would know the trajectory of a missile fired by North Korea within moments and would "take it out" if it looked like it would hit the US Pacific territory. "But it's not declaring war, it's not that I'm over here Dr. Strangelove doing things like that", he added.

The editorial in North Korea on Saturday also said the US "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK". However, the official did acknowledge that given typical North Korean missile launch cycles, the recent movement does suggest the regime could be readying for a potential launch of a single missile as soon as in 24 to 48 hours if there has been a decision to proceed with a launch.

Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have risen sharply since North Korea test-launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The passing of the deadline without a missile launch could ease tensions that have been ratcheted up as President Trump and North Korea have traded threats.

"It is a plain fact that if there be, god forbid, military conflict, a major one, between Washington and Pyongyang, South Korea will be the biggest victim".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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