What Does North Korea Do Now — Balance of Power

12 Août, 2017, 00:09 | Auteur: Valentin Naude
  • North Korea now making missile-ready nuclear weapons, US analysts say

August 8: North Korea says it is reviewing plans to attack the US island of Guam.

"Maybe it wasn't tough enough", Trump said on Thursday.

North Korea was undeterred by the President's unprecedented war rhetoric, dismissing his statement as a "load of nonsense". "We'll see what happens".

He added: "Let's see what he does with Guam".

Pyongyang's despot angered the US by threatening to launch missiles in Guam and Mr Trump vowed North Korea would be met with "fire and fury" if the hermit state dares to launch an attack.

Donald Trump's warning he would unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if North Korea continue to expand their nuclear and missile programmes has sparked widespread speculation about what prompted the US President to fire off his fiercest warning to the country yet.

A Pentagon report leaked to the Washington Post on Tuesday said that North Korea has miniaturised nuclear devices that can be attached to ballistic missiles capable of striking deep within the US mainland. Tillerson said Trump "was sending a strong message to North Korea in a language Kim Jong Un would understand".

There is a full interagency communication process during a North Korean missile launch which would involve command centers from the Pentagon, the intelligence community and major US military commands overseas.

He said "the people of this country should be very comfortable" despite the escalating rhetoric on both sides.

China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs.

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"I believe the Bible is very clear about that", he added.

The president also discussed the investigation into Russia's attempted meddling in the election, saying he hasn't considered firing Mueller, as has been speculated. I said it yesterday. "I mean, I want them to get on with the task". But US officials say they may be misreading US capabilities - the US has other assets in the region, mainly Navy ships that could shoot down the missiles as well as THAAD.

"That is about the stupidest and most dangerous statement I have ever heard an American president make", John Mecklin, editor-in-chief of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, told HuffPost following Trump's "fire and fury" remark.

Those words were written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Thursday in the New York Times, in arguing for appeasement towards Kim Jong-un. Gorka, whose nominal area of expertise is terrorism, has taken a consistently hawkish tone on North Korea in his many recent media appearances.

"He's our friend. He's my friend and he's a very talented man. I like him and I respect him", Trump said.

The European Council, which groups the EU member states, said they would also work on swift implementation of other parts of the UN resolution, including efforts to curb earnings sent home by North Koreans working abroad.