Trump praises Kim Jong-un for withdrawing Guam missile threat

Lester Mason
August 19, 2017

The New York Times reported that Moon made the comments during a nationally televised speech.

The United States is using a policy of brinkmanship against North Korea in order to deploy more troops and nuclear weapons to South Korea, Japan, and Guam, political commentator and worldwide lawyer Barry Grossman says.

His visit to Asia, which also will include a stop in Japan, comes after Trump last week declared the US military "locked and loaded" and said he was ready to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday, August 15, after North Korea's Kim Jong-Un postponed a threat to fire missiles towards the US territory of Guam, that Washington remains ready for talks.

According to Mr Treverton a pre-emptive attack by the United States against North Korea was not a feasible option.

"I'm glad the North Koreans climbed down a bit from their plan to send missiles to Guam, but it's still easy to imagine a miscalculation that would get us in a place we certainly don't want to be", he said.

Sputnik added that "North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said on Sunday that he wanted to create a dialogue with the United States bloc".

"I came to realise that nearly nothing he says has any content", Mr Treverton said.


South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday there would be no military action without Seoul's consent and his government would prevent war by all means.

"The DPRK will make the U.S. pay dearly for all the heinous crime it commits against the state and people of this country", the North Korea UN mission said Kim told Guterres.

That led to a series of furious statements from North Korea, which in turn prompted Donald Trump's threat to unleash "fire and fury" on the dictatorship unless it reigned in its rhetoric. He said he had spoken with his counterparts in China, the United States and South Korea in recent days.

He said a resolution of the dispute through military force was "completely unacceptable".

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said he will wait for more, to watch the "the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees". Trump acknowledged Kim's "very wise" decision on Twitter Wednesday.

North Korea's announcement provoked strong condemnation from not only the USA but also Japan, over whose mainland the missiles would have to fly to reach Guam.

Mr Moon urged North Korea not to make further provocations, saying it would face much tougher sanctions that the impoverished country would be unable to withstand if it persists with its nuclear weapons development. Each year, the exercises expand slightly, and each year, North Korea issues threats in response. "But the South Koreans can hardly get rid of U.S. control, both in mind and deed", a GT editorial on Monday stated.

Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon called Monday for a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff, saying "there must not be another war on the Korean Peninsula", according to her office. The tweet appears to suggest that the President may be calming down his threats to destroy North Korea using the might of the United States military.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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