North Korea's Neighbors - Not Just Guam - Are Used To Threats

12 Août, 2017, 00:07 | Auteur: Phyllis Powers
  • Japanese soldiers take part in joint military exercises between the US Japan France and UK on Naval Base Guam
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Trump wrote on Twitter, a day after his defense secretary said the United States was ready to counter any threat from Pyongyang.

Hours after Mattis's statement, North Korea repeated its threat to target the Pacific island of Guam with intermediate-range ballistic missiles and said it was finalizing plans to launch four missiles over the islands of Japan and into the water 40 kilometers off Guam's coast.

Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have been tense for months, in the wake of the North's repeated missile tests, including two successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launches in July.

Trump said the North Korean regime, currently headed by Kim Jong Un, has "been pushing the world around for a long time".

"Well, you'll see", Trump said.

Current and former US officials said if war did come, America and its allies would be likely to hit hard and fast, using air strikes, drone operations and cyber attacks aimed at military bases, missile sites, artillery, communications, command and control headquarters and intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities.

Guam, a remote U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean, is in North Korea's crosshairs.

The tests prompted the United Nations Security Council to unanimously pass its seventh round of UN sanctions that could cost North Korea $1 billion (849 million euro) per year. Needless to say, "initiating a review" does nothing to renovate or modernize anything.

"I think China can do a lot more, yes".

"To do that early in the morning, whether or not it was appropriate you'd have to ask them".

Trump on Tuesday said North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if it kept threatening the U.S.

This kind of blurring of the American message has harmful effects on the North Korean crisis besides clearly undercutting Tillerson's credibility.

The place is bristling with heavy-duty US military equipment.

In a statement released Wednesday through the news agency, Kim Rak Gyom said U.S. President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" threat is a "load of nonsense".

Meanwhile, back home, bad cop in chief President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

The European Union announced on Thursday that it had expanded its North Korean sanctions blacklist as part of the UN resolution.

Launches are detected almost instantly because the missiles pick up the infrared heat signature of the launch.

Youngae Ma during her time as a North Korean military member stationed in China.

Ms Ji has grown accustomed to tension with the North. But she fears Mr Trump's leadership style will ignite further tensions. "The Japanese government supports this attitude".

"The people of our country are safe", Trump said.

He also chided the North's closest ally, China, saying it could do "a lot more". "I would like to de-nuke the world".

Schaefer said Germany was convinced that a "military option" could not be "the answer in the quest for a nuclear-weapon-free Southeast Asia". The funding would be used to sustain and improve the force and for developing a new generation of weapons.

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