Kim Jong-un may have 'chosen a path of no return'

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

North Korea threatens to "annihilate" America with a missile strike.

He said the Guam base deters adversaries and reassures U.S. allies and partners in the Pacific.

Trump defended his stand against North Korea and claimed that Americans are happy with his remarks. Beijing has been remarkably quiet as US President Donald Trump and North Korea's premier Kim Jong-un have exchanged apocalyptic threats.

After Trump's warning to North Korea, Kim said through state media that Trump is "failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation" and "sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason, and only absolute force can work on him".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that "the risks are very high" that the United States and North Korea could go to war, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said an escalation in language was "the wrong response".

The streets of Pyongyang also reportedly remain calm amid rising tension in the region. Yet Trump and Mattis seem committed to military action if North Korea provokes it. On Friday, an editorial was published by the Global Times that said China should clear its stance on the rising U.S.

It also deployed the anti-missile system in neighboring Ehime, according to the reports, while the Asahi Shimbun said one maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyer was stationed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) to shoot down airborne missiles.

In a phone call, Mr Trump and Mr Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour", the White House said in a statement, and reiterated their mutual commitment to removing nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula.

Analysts said a North Korean launch towards Guam would put the a dilemma: if it did not try to intercept the missiles, its credibility would be damaged and the North would feel emboldened to carry out a full-range ICBM test.

"It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries", Trump told reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey on Thursday.

President Trump escalated his tough talk on North Korea, declining to rule out the possibility of a pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang, and suggesting that his warning earlier in the week promising "fire and fury" was not strong enough.

Trump has repeatedly called on China - the North's biggest ally and trading partner - to help reign in its neighbour, to little avail.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said diplomacy was the answer: "Germany will very intensively take part in the options for resolution that are not military but I consider a verbal escalation to be the wrong response".

However, he added that the United States would always consider negotiations.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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