Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

S. Korea's military vows retaliation if N. Korea attacks

S. Korea's military vows retaliation if N. Korea attacks

Long used to living within the range of North Korea's artillery, people in the South have generally ignored its aggressiveness and nuclear and long-range missile tests.

Chung Eui-yong, the top national security adviser for President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, talked on the phone with his American counterpart, Gen. H. R. McMaster, on Friday morning.

The U.S. -South Korea exercises are an annual event, but they come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four Hwasong-12 missiles toward the tiny island, which is U.S. territory and major military hub. "In this regard, North Korea's recently issued statements of threats are in direct opposition to the global community's consensus, and must stop immediately".

Photo American soldiers fired a salute during a change-of-command ceremony at the Yongsan United States Army base in Seoul on Friday.

Mr Trump has said he would respond to any such action with "fire and fury".

North Korean state media has reported that the country is considering plans to strike Guam this month. It did so to compensate for US forces diverted from other bases in the Asia-Pacific region to fight in the Middle East.

"U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for the peaceful denuclearization of North Korea - a common goal of the worldwide community - and stressed the importance of strengthening pressure on North Korea in diplomatic, economic terms", the South Korean spokesman said.

Since taking office in May, Mr.

And with the North's nuclear and missile threats rapidly growing, South Korea aims to get its three-stage defense system done sooner - by 2022 rather than the *mid-20's.

Trump's rhetoric toward North Korea has sparked criticism.

The threat came after Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to stop making threats against the US and allies. "It is just a shame that such infrastructure is not advertised well to the public and that we are short of emergency supplies", said Yang Uk, senior fellow at Korea Defense and Security Forum, a research institute in Seoul.

Leaders of Mr. Moon's governing Democratic Party had more pointed jabs for Washington. Trump said. He did not specify what they might be. "Their impromptu and not-carefully-thought-out messages only serve to worsen the situation and play into the hands of North Korea's shrewd intentions". After the attack, which North Korea has said it would take less than 18 minutes to reach the island, authorities advise Gambians to steer clear of areas marked "radiation hazard" or "HAZMAT" as well as all damaged areas. Hundreds of thousands of troops and huge arsenals are arrayed on both sides of the tense demilitarized zone between the two Koreas.

At the time North Korea said it was launching a telecommunications satellite, but Washington, Seoul and Tokyo believed Pyongyang was testing an intercontinental ballistic missile.

In addition to the military presence, Guam also relies heavily on tourism to boost its economy, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors drawn to its pristine beaches and luxury resorts in 2016.

"Things will happen to them like they never thought possible, OK?" "The intention is to deter and contain North Korea".

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