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Trump on North Korea: Maybe 'fire and fury' comment 'wasn't tough enough'

15 Août 2017

Public safety officials in Guam have distributed a two-page pamphlet advising island residents how to prepare and react should North Korea follow through on threats to launch a nuclear strike against the usa territory.

But the general made it clear that the United States was ready to make a "decisive" military response to Pyongyang's possible missile strikes near Guam. And though the story is questionable, North Korean state TV did at one time run a series called Let Us Trim Our Hair in Accordance With the Socialist Lifestyle. There was also a message from the president about Kim Jong Un will "regret it" if he threatens the USA or its allies.

Trump told reporters from the clubhouse of his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before". The letters read "Kim Jong Un, would watch a little more U.S.'s behavior".

The op-ed also stated that China would "respond with a firm hand" to protect its interests and would act, should the us and South Korea strike first.

"We keep closely watching the speech and behavior of the USA", it said.

It already has ballistic missiles that can strike Japan, a key ally and host to roughly 50 000 USA troops.

He also said the "North Korean nuclear program should absolutely be solved peacefully, and the (South Korean) government and the United States government don't have a different position on this". US military options range from nothing to a full-on conventional assault by air, sea and ground forces.

DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Taking it a step further, Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told parliament a missile attack on the US territory would be a Japanese national emergency because it would threaten Japan's existence as a nation.

"This is a direct invitation to talk reciprocal constraints on exercises and missile launches", said Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

"There is no change in the threat level", Guam Homeland Security adviser George Charfauros said.

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior".

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

North Korea has claimed that the drill is a rehearsal for northern invasion, despite reassurances by Seoul and Washington that it is defensive in nature.

A renewed commitment by Washington to that promise would reassure Tokyo as it looks to bolster its defences against possible North Korean military action.

Moon said the North could spur talks by stopping nuclear and missile tests. It seems unlikely that Pyongyang will back down from its stated intention to "attack the waters" near Guam. And if his missiles prove no match for United States interceptors, Kim Jong Un might be chastened into thinking twice before conducting any more.

The US President had been told about a Washington Post article reporting on North Korea's ability to place miniature nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles when he fired off the comment last week.

The U.S. military has said it plans to increase its presence on Guam and will move thousands of U.S. Marines now stationed in Japan to the island between 2024 and 2028.

Moon Jae-in, a liberal who favors engagement with the North, delivered a nationally televised speech Tuesday on the anniversary of the end of World War II and the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule. The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S.

"The government, putting everything on the line, will block war by all means", he added. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of US forces in South Korea to show they're always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula.

Tensions between North Korea and the US have escalated after two ICBMs were tested by Kim Jong-and President Donald Trump has pledged to meet further provocations "with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

Silverstone, who is also the director of the global relations program at West Point, said North Korea's development of miniaturized nuclear weapons was likely done as a deterrent to protect the small Asian country.

"He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely unsafe reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared", the report said.

The United States and South Korea insist their annual joint exercises are purely defensive, and can not be linked to the North's missile programme, which violates a host of UN resolutions.

On Friday, President Donald Trump urged North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un not to take any action against the United States, its territories including Guam or its allies, warning he would regret such a move - and "regret it fast".

Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the U.S.is "seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis".

Trump on North Korea: Maybe 'fire and fury' comment 'wasn't tough enough'