Guam, Japan prepare for possible North Korea missile launch

Dominique Dufresne
Août 13, 2017

"I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer".

Tensions continue to escalate on the Korean Peninsula with the US leadership signaling "military solutions are now fully in place". The U.S. would require the deployment of ground troops to boost South Korean forces in the region, as well as aircraft carriers to take on North Korea's navy and air force. "I got a lot of votes". "Lock and load", Wayne declared in Sands of Iwo Jima.

If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat. or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that is an American territory or an America ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast.

The U.S. and North Korea have no diplomatic ties and are still enemies, having only reached an armistice - not a peace treaty - to end the 1950-1953 Korean War. Far from being a subsidy, this is a competitive disadvantage. But I'm the new sheriff in town.

The president spoke with Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo on Saturday to reassure him and residents here.

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Trump doubled down on his "fire and fury" comments and ratcheted up the rhetoric even further. "The North [North Korea] is ready for negotiations", Kim emphasized.

"If we do stop flying bombers at them for a while, they can declare victory and go home, and then decide whether to do it at some later date in response to whatever", he said. The North regularly threatens nuclear strikes on the United States and its allies. At the State Department, spokesman Heather Nauert gamely insisted that "we are all singing from the same hymnbook".

On Thursday, Trump stiffened his resolve against North Korea, saying if Pyongyang struck first, "things will happen to them like they never thought possible".

The recent flurry of threats between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump has caused much consternation.

The proposal to send these missiles is due to hit Kim Jong Un's desk within a week, and he will either approve the proposal to send the missiles dropping around Guam or reject the plan. And that missile test led to nary a tweet from Trump.

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"This situation is beginning to develop into this generation's Cuban Missile crisis moment", ING's chief Asia economist, Robert Carnell, said in a research note. You are safe. We're with you 1,000 percent. Beijing has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang's repeated nuclear and missile tests and with behaviour from South Korea and the United States, such as military drills, that it sees as increasing tensions. "Most likely if something happens, US missiles will be fired". Military options range from nothing to a full-on conventional assault by air, sea and ground forces.

The local government of this tiny U.S. Pacific island issued preparation guidance to its 163,000 people on Friday on how best to hide and deal with radiation after threats by Pyongyang to strike Guam, or test its missiles in its surrounding waters.

Dr Colin Alexander, an expert in East Asian political communications at Nottingham Trent University, underscored the point. Is Rubio really OK with starting a war that would almost certainly kill more than a million people in the Korean peninsula? "But you'll be taken care of".

BC Hydro's rate for the LNG industry is one-third higher than the industrial rate paid by other industrial ratepayers in the province. "I think what the president's doing is trying to support our efforts by making sure North Korea understands what the stakes are", he said. But as its agreement to the latest UN sanctions resolution showed, China's leaders have come a long way in.

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". "They can be protected space, provided that the walls and roof are thick and dense enough (i.e. concrete) to absorb radiation given off by fallout particles". "It will require being pragmatic".

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