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16 Agosto 2017, 05:34 | Bibiana Flor
China tells United States and North Korea to cool it
Governor Eddie Calvo, in a briefing late Friday, said any attack on Guam "would be met with overwhelming force", pointing out that the biggest threat facing the island was the looming typhoon season.
Here's a closer look at Guam and its role in the USA and North Korea's ongoing war of words. Though it has been mostly lost as the current round of tough talk keeps escalating, North Korea just a few months ago conducted a similar rehearsal strike on a US military base in Japan.
I'd like to hope that President Trump would make all the right moves in this the most complex and sensitive global crisis and his first. Trump has repeatedly stated that the White House has run out of patience with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The North's official KCNA news agency said Kim was briefed on the "plan for an enveloping fire at Guam" during an inspection on Monday of the Strategic Force command in charge of the nuclear-armed state's missile units.
The mix of plain-spoken bluster, spontaneity and norm-breaking risk defined his political rise, and it's guided his approach on North Korea.
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But he pointed out previous presidents had also used strong words to warn off Pyongyang, including Barack Obama who said a year ago that "we could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals". But US Senator Dianne Feinstein, a veteran lawmaker with the Democratic Party, was concerned that Trump would, "promote an even more aggressive response" from Kim.
In the wake of fierce rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, the Philippine government is pushing for a peaceful dialogue instead of military solution to ease the hostilities in the Korean peninsula.
The intermediate and long-range missiles are still being developed and it's still questionable whether they can reliably strike targets. North Korea claims the exercises are a rehearsal for war, but Washington and Seoul say they are necessary to deter North Korean aggression.
The US and North Korea have been engaged in increasingly threatening rhetoric since last Tuesday when US bombers flew over the Korean peninsula, and US President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury" following an assessment that North Korea had miniaturized a nuclear warhead.
"At present, the relevant parties must maintain restraint and avoid words and deeds that would exacerbate the tension on the Korean Peninsula", Xi was quoted as saying.
President Clinton, with the help of master appeaser Jimmy Carter, negotiated an agreement with North Korea where Kim Il-sung agreed to halt the nation's nuclear weapons program. Japan started deploying land-based Patriot interceptors after North Korea threatened to send ballistic missiles flying over western Japan and landing near Guam.
While not publicly stating how it would proceed in the event of a U.S. attack on Pyongyang, Beijing strongly hinted that it would oppose such actions.
Today, Monday, 14 August, 2017, Pax Christi International issued the following statement on the North Korea - USA crisis.
In 2009, a North Korean rocket passed over Japanese territory without incident or any attempt to shoot it down. Andersen Air Force Base hosts a Navy helicopter squadron and Air Force bombers that rotate to Guam from the US mainland. "We are with you 1,000 per cent", the media reported on Saturday.
Some analysts said Kim was seeking a similar quid-pro-quo this time around, using the Guam missile threat as leverage.
"Do not look at the flash or fireball - It can blind you", it said.
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