Trump escalates 'fire and fury' threat to NKorea

Lester Mason
August 15, 2017

The looming threat of a North Korean missile strike on the U.S. territory of Guam, and Pyongyang's increasing nuclear capabilities, have exacerbated tensions in the region.

The North's leader "examined the plan for a long time" on Monday during his inspection of Strategic Force command, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

US President Donald Trump has tweeted another warning to North Korea overnight.

The President said he wanted to give his "highest respect and regards" to the people of Guam and that the military is rock solid "we've got the best in the world", he added. "By making this advance notice, they are also sending a tacit message that what they are going to do is not a actual attack".

"So unless those North Korean missiles were to fall short, the Patriots shouldn't have a function to serve in this particular case", he said.

However, experts say Japan does not now have the capability to shoot down a missile flying over its territory headed for Guam.

North Korea said last week that it will finalize by mid-August its detailed plan to fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles around Guam and report it to its leader for approval.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said there was no heightened threat from North Korea.

"They're now telegraphing their punch, which means they don't want to have any misunderstandings". "I think it's absolutely the right rhetoric".

With defences covering South Korea and Japan, naval assets between Korea, Japan and Guam, and Guam's own missile defence system, there was a "multi-level defensive umbrella" protecting residents, Calvo said.

If missiles were fired at U.S. bases: "I think if they fire at the United States it could escalate to war very quickly".

Tensions have been mounting since the North tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles last month, which appeared to bring much of the United States within range.

Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have both used strong language pertaining to North Korea's threats.

A number of Trump administration officials, including the president himself, have publicly commented on the recent threats made by North Korea, including a proposed strike on the waters off Guam, a USA territory in the western Pacific.

"They can not stop our advance". Among the generals was Kim Jong Sik, a veteran rocket scientist and one of the masterminds behind North Korea's missile programme.

"US-led regime-change wars and the threat of more to come have made this crisis more risky and hard to resolve", Corbyn wrote.

Last week, several United States intelligence analysts told CNN they believe North Korea "probably" possesses a miniaturized nuclear warhead. However, now it is standing before a deteriorating reality and security instability due to North Korea.

Tlllerson said Americans should sleep soundly: "Nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours". Both steps would be required before North Korea could launch a nuclear attack.

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior". "Washington should stimulate Pyongyang's desire to engage with the outside world and return to the worldwide community".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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