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Why Is North Korea Threatening Guam?

15 Agosto 2017, 11:18 | Bibiana Flor

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Trump has pushed China to pressure North Korea to halt a nuclear weapons program that is nearing the capability of targeting the United States. They called on all parties to de-escalate.

Guam's governor on Thursday said the U.S. territory was "well-equipped" to handle any North Korean strike thanks to robust infrastructure that had survived earthquakes and typhoons, after Pyongyang released a detailed plan to launch missiles towards the island.

Chinese President Xi Jinping made a plea for cool-headedness over escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea in a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.

If the U.S. has two interceptors fired at each North Korean threat "the odds of success are good", said Elleman, who said the usa has a 96% chance of downing each individual missile. United States bombers have flown over the Korean Peninsula several times to show American strength after Pyongyang's missile tests. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters in South Korea simply, "There is no other nation that needs to be concerned about THAAD other than North Korea if they're engaged in something that's offensive". Those caught outside should lay down, cover their heads and "not look at the flash or fireball" to avoid going blind.

In March, at around the time of the biggest annual maneuvers between the US and South Korea, the North fired four extended-range Scud missiles into waters off the Japanese coast in what was meant to be a mock attack on Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel described escalation as "the wrong answer", while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Trump's statements were "very worrying".

The drill coincides with the four-day "Ulji Freedom Guardian" military manoeuvres on August 21-24, which are held yearly and include joint exercises by the US and South Korean armed forces, as well as drills for emergencies.

"Preparation for attack? I'm doing it!" he said, pointing to a grill he was readying for burgers and hot dogs. She has a granddaughter in the military stationed at the Korean Demilitarized Zone and fears for her safety.

North Korea is certainly sensitive to the bombers, which could cause a lot of devastation if a war did start.

North Korea said it mastered a crucial technology needed to strike the USA with a nuclear missile. Just a few hours later, Pyongyang obliged him, and it issued a specific and disquieting threat. In addition, visitors from South Korea recently surpassed visitors from Japan as the dominant force in Guam's tourism market.


Memories of that devastating time were brought back this week, as President Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un threatened each other, making the people of Guam feel as though we all have targets on our backs.

USA nuclear expert Siegfried Hecker, who has repeatedly visited North Korea's nuclear facilities, said he doesn't think North Korea now has weapons systems for "enveloping fire" around Guam, as it threatened. They will have only two minutes to act if attacked, she said.

On Wednesday, Trump boasted about U.S. nuclear capabilities. "It's time to tone down the rhetoric". "Whether they can do it with a missile that can reach the U.S. is, I think, unclear".

In Guam, the Office of Homeland Security is handing out pamphlets in case of an imminent missile threat.

The letter also called for diplomacy with the North Korean government, and argued that any preemptive strike against the country would require Congressional approval.


The way to avert a war with North Korea is to have a conversation, and that's not happening, Hecker said.



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