Why North Korea is talking up Guam — Raising the stakes

13 Août, 2017, 16:29 | Auteur: Valentin Naude
  • Trump North Korea military solutions 'fully in place locked and loaded'

The defense ministry deployed the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system in Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi in western Japan, which North Korea had warned could be along its missiles' flight path, public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News said. Guam elects a delegate to the U.S. House, but that delegate isn't allowed to vote on a bill's final passage.

Elsewhere in the region, Japan is also on the side of the USA.

MILITARY leaders in North Korea claim three-and-a-half MILLION citizens have joined the army to fight "gangster" Donald Trump - including legions of lads and grandads. That is a statement of fact. "Lock and load", Wayne declared in Sands of Iwo Jima.

Sarah Lee Whitson, who heads Human Rights Watch's Mideast and North Africa regions, said the 14 prisoners are at "imminent risk of execution". By 2007, Bush had lifted crippling sanctions on the regime's elites and entered into new negotiations. My predecessors let you get away with building up your nuclear arsenal.

It had been known the two sides had discussions to secure the June release of an American university student. This is no way for any president to conduct foreign policy, certainly not this president and certainly not in a situation with stakes so high.

"Preparation for attack? I'm doing it!" he said, pointing to a grill he was readying for burgers and hot dogs. "North Koreans are not suicidal".

If there are ever any talks with the Trump administration to defuse an increasingly dangerous crisis, here are five of Kim's demands - though he shouldn't count on getting them all met.

Trump has called on China to "do a lot more" to heap pressure on Kim. "But you know, unfortunately we are living with a very obstructionist group". Critics have said that the tweet from Trump's personal handle - @realDonaldTrump - is a threat of violence and is, therefore, a violation of the social networking site's terms of service. "I feel very comfortable with the technology that we have". On Friday, he veered from North Korea to comments on politics.

Trump also said that if Kim does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will "truly regret it and he will regret it fast".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no military solution, adding that "an escalation of the rhetoric is the wrong answer".

Yes, China. Trump himself has said Beijing holds the key.

By evening, after a briefing with top advisers and standing next to his secretary of state and UN ambassador, Trump suggested diplomacy could yet prevail.

If carried out, it would be its most provocative missile launch to date. "Please say hello to the people of Guam".

Dr Colin Alexander, an expert in East Asian political communications at Nottingham Trent University, underscored the point. It would slash the rogue nation's exports by more than $1 billion, severely damaging its economy. He cannot be sure of the loyalty of senior cadres, hence the purges that have marked his tenure.

While Guam is generally calm about the escalating threats of a missile attack, some were not thrilled by the tone of the conversation between the two men.

Trump announced he planned to hold another press conference in Washington Monday.

Meanwhile in South Korea, calls mounted for Seoul to develop atomic weapons of its own, with the Korea Herald saying in an editorial: "Now is time to start reviewing nuclear armament". Not with North Korea, but with President Trump. "It will require being pragmatic". Trump responded by vowing to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged. But it wasn't known until now that the contacts have continued, or that they have broached matters other than U.S. detainees.

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