Kim Jong Un briefed on plans for missile tests near Guam

Elias Hubbard
August 15, 2017

In a briefing Monday about Guam's preparedness in the event of a nuclear attack following threats from North Korea to launch four missiles near the waters off Guam, Calvo told local and worldwide reporters that Guam is similar to the State of Israel in many ways.

The tentative interest in diplomacy follows unusually combative threats between President Donald Trump and North Korea amid worries that Pyongyang is nearing its long-sought goal of accurately being able to send a nuclear missile to the USA mainland.

"The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the US wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack", it said.

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, on Monday met with senior South Korean military and political officials and the local media, and made comments that appeared to be an attempt to ease anxiety while also showing a willingness to back Trump's warnings if need be.

In Guam, the US territory has been directly threatened by Pyongyang; preparations continue to be made ahead of any possible attack there as well. In addition, the North Korean delegation opened a new embassy in Tehran during their visit as well.

Tillerson said Washington wasn't seeking confrontation and voiced his hope North Korea would "choose a different pathway", one leading to a dialogue.

Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.

At a church in central Guam on Sunday, parishioners sang "Lord, we pray for world peace" after discussing the potential North Korean threat. -South Korean military exercises that enrage the North each year make it unclear, however, if diplomacy will prevail. North Korea recently threatened the Pacific island with a missile attack.

The army will complete its plans in mid-August, ready for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's order, KCNA reported, citing General Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned on Monday that the USA military would be prepared to intercept a missile fired by North Korea if it was headed to Guam, while the North's leader Kim Jong Un alerted his army that it should always be fire-ready.

US President Donald Trump is due to speak with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a phone call Monday night in the US.

"There's a lot of disbelief going on, there's a lot of anxiety", Father Paul Gofigan told CNN after the mass.

President Donald Trump told Guam's governor Saturday morning that the USA territory is "not going to have a problem" and its people are safe.

As an unincorporated USA territory, citizens of Guam can not vote in general elections.

"Nobody really deserves to be caught in the middle of these games", said Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, an activist who campaigns for a lowered military presence.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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