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Kim Jong-Un appears to back off Guam threat

15 Agosto 2017, 08:13 | Bibiana Flor

Kim Jong-Un appears to back off Guam threat

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After a week of incendiary language from President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, administration officials on Sunday tried to tamp down fears that the two nations are on the brink of a nuclear war. Similarly, the U.S.is not in search of an excuse to station more of its troops along the North Korean border, nor does it have any "desire to inflict harm on the long-suffering North Korean people, who are distinct from the hostile regime in Pyongyang".

"The U.S. will continue to request Chinese and Russian commitments not to provide the regime with economic lifelines and to persuade it to abandon its unsafe path", the two secretaries wrote, naming another of North Korea's major worldwide trade partners.

North Korea has said its military presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam.

"The good news is we still have a diplomatic path to play here, and I'm hopeful as the week unfolds we'll see cooler heads prevail both in Washington and Pyongyang", he continued.

Mattis said USA missile detection and tracking systems can determine swiftly whether a missile launched from North Korea is headed for US soil. It was calculated to touch off a storm of anxiety region-wide.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis shifted his tone regarding North Korea on Monday, saying if the country launches an attack on American territory, it "could escalate into war very quickly", CBS News reports. In the President's words they are behind us "1000 percent."As the head of the Government of Guam, I appreciate their reassurances that my family, my friends, everyone on this island, are all safe".


So, from the start, Pyongyang gave itself big exit ramps.

On Friday, the Defense Ministry said it was deploying four of Japan's surface-to-air Patriot interceptors in western Japan to respond to a possible risk of fragments falling from missiles.

But despite appearing to back down, officials told USA media that satellites have observed DPRK mobile missile launcher movement - suggesting an intermediate-ballistic missile may be being prepared.

"The regime composed the threat in such a way as to allow Kim to back down without losing face", said Adam Mount, a nuclear strategy specialist with the Center for American Progress.

"I need a certain amount of ambiguity on this" to prevent North Korea from knowing too much about USA planning, he said.

"We want to use diplomacy". If pushed further, or possibly as a high-profile protest to U.S.


Either way, tensions seem set to rise as the USA and South Korea prepare to hold annual exercises, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, which are scheduled to run from August 21-31.

He also said that Dunford had said that he would bring pressure to bear on China to act on North Korea during the Chinese leg of his trip.

"It doesn't surprise me that those who came before us were surprised; they did nothing", Pompeo said. "I don't think the North will do anything or the South will do anything".

That suggests Kim is a rational, reasonable adversary, of course.

If Washington were to halt the flights, Kim could claim a victory. You always want to hold the commander in chief in reserve, rather than getting him boxed in right away.

She also said Kim Jong Un is the "worst among three generations" and is calling his bluff. Pompeo touted a unanimous United Nations Security Council vote earlier this month to increase sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear program and said the U.S. had seen China join the USA in demanding that Pyongyang denuclearize.


The US and South Korea have confirmed the drills will go ahead as planned. "If you can "reach out and touch" us, we can "reach out and touch" you".



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