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Guam's governor dismisses N. Korean threat, calls it 'position of fear'

10 Agosto 2017, 05:59 | Bibiana Flor

Politicians routinely bend reality or, in some cases, break with it entirely.

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But North Korea warned in a separate KCNA report on Wednesday that it was looking beyond Guam and would hit the US mainland with preemptive strikes, with the use of nuclear weapons, should there be any sign the US planned to strike North Korea first.

For North Korea, threatening to use nukes and insisting on maintaining them isn't the thinking of crazy state actors.

He said the regime would be met with 'fire and fury' if it continues its actions.

Alarming, yes. More troubling is how Trump arrived at his heated rhetoric.

Sam Greaves, the MDA's director, told Reuters the defence met expectations and shot down the incoming warhead. To do otherwise invites potentially catastrophic consequences.

I hope we'll still be able to say that again now.

Bill Clinton produced one in 1994. The declines in some Asian bourses, like Japan's Nikkei, was limited after Wall Street shares closed barely lower overnight, trimming losses, as investors appeared to brush off geopolitical concerns.

"The administration has done a good job up until now working closely with the Congress on their broader strategy". Kim will soon have the means for nuclear blackmail of the U.S., Japan and, of course, South Korea.

Congress has passed some constraints on the President's military power. As early as June 2015, Trump said, "Even our nuclear arsenal doesn't work".

A torrent of belligerent warnings by the North in 2013, for instance, including nuclear strike threats against specific US targets, led to an anxious, weeks-long standoff that saw the United States fly its most powerful warplanes - nuclear capable B-2 and B-52 bombers, and F-22 stealth fighters - near the North Korean border. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen, and President Xi was enjoying it. And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded, what do you do?

"We've seen this play before, and it usually plays out where it just goes back to the status quo", Jacobsen said. They threatened U.S., other countries, and they threaten Guam. Three-quarters of Americans - or 75 percent - place North Korea's nuclear program among the top threats, up 15 percentage points since 2016.

Mattis's statements on Wednesday add to the increasingly heated rhetoric between North Korea and the United States. Doubt breeds suspicion, which is dangerous. China won't make any serious interventions because it fears the unleashing of mass chaos.

But he says President Donald Trump's strong words promising "fire and fury" for North Korea's ongoing threats were both reckless and troubling. "We've had a diplomatic message from the secretary of state, the national security adviser, the U.N. ambassador, they seem to have different messages, more aggressive. His pathology here puts us at great risk".

It may come as no surprise that North Korea sees the military presence on Guam as a provocation.

Japan could legally intercept a North Korean missile headed towards Guam if it posed an existential threat, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Thursday in remarks reported by Kyodo news service, a reiteration of Tokyo's position.

The administration viewpoint has varied from administration to administration.

An attack like North Korea described in the statement would be incredibly risky, as the Hwasong-12 missile has only been tested once and has unpredictable performance and unreliable accuracy.

Onodera's statement came in response to a question from Yuichi Goto of the opposition Democratic Party.

That is also a matter of debate and interpretation.

"By making this advance notice, they are also sending a tacit message that what they are going to do is not an actual attack".

That Trump's statements implied the possibility of preemptive attack underscores that exact danger.

Earlier on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said North Korea "should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people". The distinction makes all the difference.

Trump said, "My first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal".



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