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

Trump warns North Korea against attacking Guam

Trump warns North Korea against attacking Guam

But pushing the envelope, or just threatening to do so, is what North Korea does best. China, Russia and Germany voiced dismay at the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington.

In response, President Donald Trump turned up the heat on North Korea as tensions between the two nations grew this week.

Trump tweeted Friday: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely". It will be carried out in a "multi-concurrent and consecutive way" upon Kim Jong-un's order.

"It's just like setting off fireworks because most of their guided missiles just crash midway through flight", she said.

"We will see what happens".

The president insisted the North had been "getting away with a tragedy that can't be allowed".

"Kim Jong Un's reckless behavior can not be tolerated", she said, "and I strongly urge the president to explore every avenue to peacefully respond to it and avoid further escalating this situation".

Earlier this week, nuclear-armed North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam.

Guam is taking every precaution possible following the news that North Korea plans to attack the island.

US forces on the island were not immediately available for comment.

Trump called the governor of Guam, Eddie Baza Calvo.

"We are prepared for any eventuality, more so than any other American community", he said.

Mr Calvo responded by saying he feels safe and confident with Mr Trump's leadership. But if the missiles aren't expected to hit the island - the stated goal is to have them hit waters well offshore - should it? He gave no details and did not make clear whether he meant unilateral or multilateral sanctions. But Daniel Russel, the former top USA diplomat for East Asia until April, said this so-called NY channel had been a relatively commonplace means of communication with North Korea over the years, and it was not a forum for negotiation. The chilling two-page fact sheet details what citizens of the 162,000-populated island that houses 6,000 USA troops should do to survive the worst outcome of the boiling tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

Gaminde's remarks comes after North Korea announced earlier on Thursday that the nation has a detailed plan for a missile strike near Guam, where about 7,000 U.S. troops are stationed, using four intermediate-range ballistic rockets. Neither the United States nor North Korea has embraced the plan.

The exercises are expected to run from August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of troops on the ground and in the sea and air. "As I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before". -South Korea drills begin. Hundreds of thousands of troops and huge arsenals are arrayed on both sides of the tense demilitarized zone between the two Koreas.

Unlike past missile launches that landed much closer to North Korean territory, firing a barrage near Guam would be extremely provocative, nearly compelling a response. In another assessment, the officials reportedly said that the United States calculated last month that Pyongyang possessed up to 60 nuclear weapons. The damage inflicted on world stocks this week by the tensions topped $1 trillion by Friday, as investors again took cover in the yen, the Swiss franc, gold and government bonds.

"I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer", Merkel added. "I see the need for enduring work at the UN Security Council ... as well as tight cooperation between the countries involved, especially the USA and China", Merkel told reporters in Berlin. "Perhaps she is referring to Germany".

North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper, meanwhile, lashed back at the an editorial Saturday.

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