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Kim delays decision on Guam missile plan

16 Agosto 2017, 06:53 | Bibiana Flor

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Kim Jong Un called the president’s bluff

Kim also warned that the US should not test North Korea's self-restraint. If pushed further, or possibly as a high-profile protest to U.S. -South Korean military drills. But its comments appeared to signal a path to defuse the crisis by saying Kim would watch USA conduct before giving his orders.

In previous years, Pyongyang has test-fired missiles around the time of the drills to communicate its displeasure.

On Tuesday, North Korea said it had completed plans to test ballistic missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam, but would wait to see what the US does first.

The U.S. also has missile defense batteries stationed in South Korea and Japan, as well as Aegis-equipped U.S. warships deployed in the Sea of Japan.

President Donald Trump has issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies.

The United States would "take out" any seen to be heading for American soil. That could refer to the U.S. Pyongyang considers the drills a dress rehearsal for an invasion of the North, a charge denied by both Washington and Seoul. "The (South Korean) government and the USA government don't have a different position on this".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea could create conditions for dialogue by stopping additional nuclear and missile tests. The launch was condemned by the United Nations, which subsequently promised sanctions as punishment - prompting North Korea to leave the talks for good.

Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reaffirmed the USA commitment to protect South Korea after a meeting with President Moon Jae-in, spokesman Park Su-hyun told reporters in Seoul on Monday.

"What matters is that if a second conflict (on the peninsula) erupts, that can not help but lead to a nuclear war", the North's official Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary.

South Korea, which has been alarmed by the growing tensions in the region, has urged the U.S. to seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

Not only does North Korea now possess weaponisable nuclear missiles which could pose a threat to the United States and its allies, but "we now have two unpredictable leaders at centre stage". It would be a test of the Hwasong-12, a new missile the country flight-tested for the first time in May.

Just over three months in office, South Korea's president is finding little room to manoeuvre between old enemy North Korea and increasing combativeness from long-time ally the United States. "He conducted two in July so it wouldn't surprise me if there's another missile test". "If they do that, it's game on", he said.

North Korea's Kim Jong Il - the current leader's late father - and Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea, have frequently been characterized as a insane, irrational and unpredictable.

Speaking to reporters after viewing a Chinese military exercise outside the northeastern city of Shenyang, Gen Dunford said he told Gen Fang Fenghui that the USA hoped diplomatic and economic pressure would convince North Korea to end its nuclear program, but that it was also preparing military options.

The remarks come as Washington and Pyongyang took an apparent step back from a slew of threats last week.

This followed a similar call from Mr Rudd, a former Labor PM, who said Australia should "begin analysing ballistic missile defence needs, available technologies and possible deployment feasibility for northern Australia".

Wang also agreed to coordinate closely on the nuclear issue, strengthening the countries' strategic communication, working together to manage and control the situation in order to prevent an "August crisis", according to statement from the Chinese foreign ministry. "The issue on detained Americans is not an object to discuss in view of the present atmosphere of DPRK-U.S. relations", the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

"It's also likely that the North Koreans would have the missile strike the waters near Guam than land on the island itself".

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