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Mattis: US would 'take out' any NKorean missile aimed at US

15 Agosto 2017, 09:34 | Fidele Alvizo

Mattis: US would 'take out' any NKorean missile aimed at US

Mattis: US would 'take out' any NKorean missile aimed at US

The exercises are an annual event, but come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four Hwasong-12 missiles toward the tiny island, which is USA territory and major military hub. "My concern is that we might go from a pre-crisis situation to a true Cold War-Cuban Missile crisis situation, which we are not in now, by any spark that is thrown into the tinder box".

"Well, I think as far as reassurance they probably feel as reassured as they can feel".

Carleton University Professor Elliot Tepper, an expert on worldwide relations, and in particular, North Korea, said Canada is literally in the line of fire as the two nations thump their chests and threaten fire and fury.

Trump tweeted Friday: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

While Trump's critics accuse him of inflaming tensions with Pyongyang, Guam governor Eddie Calvo said he was grateful the U.S. leader was taking a strong stance against North Korean threats to his Pacific homeland.

Guam's former Congressman Robert Underwood believes the spotlight shed on Guam in the latest round of nuclear threats from North Korea will be at the core of future discussions of Guam's political status.

If they "persist in their extremely risky reckless actions on the Korean peninsula", then North Korea would take action "as already declared", he was quoted as saying. The U.S. S&P 500 stock index stabilized after a drubbing the day before to rise 0.37 percent in early Friday trade.


The plans are based on the Hwasong-12, a new missile the country successfully flight-tested for the first time in May.

But many experts who follow North Korea think Kim isn't in any big hurry. Although China supported stiffer United Nations sanctions last weekend after repeated North Korean missile tests, Chinese officials also want a restart of six-party talks, which stalled in 2009. Trump said. He did not specify what they might be.

Still, it has show a willingness this year to take targeted actions that add to economic pressure on North Korea.

South Korea's National Security Council said it would still be open to having a dialogue with the North.

The goal is to deny North Korea access to global banks and prevent it from accessing money that will be used on its nuclear program. They're in no order other than the way I heard them. The main beach front on the island was packed with tourists dozing under trees or on the sun loungers of five-star hotels lined up before a calm sea.

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

"All the people are rising up across the country to retaliate against the USA thousands of times", said the newspaper, the mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party. "Enjoy the beaches", Calvo said.


North Korea's military had said last week it would finalize and send to Kim for approval the plan to fire four ballistic missiles near Guam, which is about 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) from Pyongyang.

So with North Korea's continued defiance, and with Trump descending to Kim's level on hurling threats, many fear heightened risks of miscalculation that could result in war breaking out.

Some regional players such as China have urged Trump to tone down his rhetoric but Calvo called on them to do more to contain Pyongyang, saying "no one wants to see a war".

Meanwhile, Japan finished installing surface-to-air missile interceptors in the western prefectures that North Korea said would be in the flight path of any missiles launched toward Guam, where North Korea is threatening an "enveloping strike".

The US territory has a population of 160,000, but it attracted 1.5 million visitors a year ago.

Later he said, "If they shoot at the United States, I'm assuming they hit the United States". But Beijing is increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang and supported a U.N. Security Council ban on August 5 on coal and other key goods.




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