US issues stern warning to N. Korea over missile program

Elias Hubbard
August 12, 2017

"We hope to strengthen the deterrent power of the Japan-U.S. alliance and response capabilities", he added, referring to the upcoming meeting of the allies' foreign and defense ministers in Washington on August 17. But it wasn't known until now that the contacts have continued or that they have broached matters other than USA detainees. While already taking up 30 percent of the island, the American military has been seeking to increase its presence by relocating to Guam thousands of Marines who are now based in Okinawa, Japan.

Trump spoke with McConnell before sending his tweet on Wednesday, the New York Times reported. "Hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!" he tweeted.

On Aug. 9, GOP Gov, Eddie Calvo of Guam said that he supported Trump's call for potential retaliation but wanted confrontation to be avoided at all costs.

The compounding threats came in a week in which the longstanding tensions between the US and the communist country seemed to abruptly boil over.

North Korea's acquisition of nuclear weapons and its hell-for-leather development of an array of missiles to deliver them, have raised the stakes further. He said his previous "fire and fury" warning to Pyongyang might have been too mild.

Within hours of the tough talk, North Korea announced it was "carefully examining" a strike against Guam, bringing the two countries - whose turbulent relationship goes back decades - once more to the brink.

Trump offered reassurance to Guam.

On Tuesday, Trump warned North Korea that it would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen" if Pyongyang continues threatening the U.S. and its ally South Korea. The talks have expanded to address the deterioration of the relationship, according to USA officials and others briefed on the process. Trump's predecessors have declared military attacks on other nations without congressional permission.

Heated rhetoric between the United States and North Korea are raising concern in much of the world that a major conflict is looming, but in South Korea it is the background noise of life.

Early Friday morning, President Dumbass von Fuck Face continued to escalate tensions with North Korea by tweeting that the USA was ready to pounce if the rogue nation continues to "act unwisely", CNN reports.

President Trump Thursday said of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, "He has disrespected our country greatly".

Later in the day, Trump retweeted a post from featuring B1 bombers standing ready for military action.

Such declarations, however, are not necessarily indicators of a new, more aggressive posture.

USA officials insist there have been no new significant movement of troops, ships, aircraft or other assets to the region other than what has already been long planned for previously scheduled exercises.

He also said that Trump is "mentally" ready to preemptively strike North Korea "if negotiations fail", based on his conversation with the president.

His tweet caps off a week of war rhetoric that has alarmed global leaders.

He also said that North Korea would be in "big, big trouble" if anything happened to Guam.

"If the explosion is some distance away", the fact sheet says, "it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit".

The term "locked and loaded", popularized in the 1949 war film "Sands of Iwo Jima" starring American actor John Wayne, refers to preparations for shooting a gun.

She added: "I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer".

China warned Trump not to "play with fire" in a commentary released via the state-run Xinhua News Agency, saying, "Exercising restraint is needed for making responsible choices to ensure peace". "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump that I can tell you".

"China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral", the influential tabloid said in an editorial, sounding a warning for Pyongyang over its plans to fire missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam. This year, all of Seoul's 25 districts will participate, Shim said.

There are no air raid drills or cars in camouflage netting as was the case during previous crises. State-run media ensures that the population gets the North Korean side of the story, but doesn't convey any sense of worldwide concern about the situation.

The move was prompted by North Korea's announcement Thursday that it was "seriously examining" a plan to simultaneously test-fire four intermediate-range ballistic missiles over western Japan in an "enveloping strike at Guam", a popular Pacific resort island and USA territory.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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