Life in North Korea: Remarkable Photos of Everyday Life in Pyongyang

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

Asked about his "locked and loaded" tweet on Friday, Mr Trump told reporters: "I hope that they [North Korea] are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean... those words are very, very easy to understand".

North Korea refrained from directly mentioning Trump's name or its proposed attack on Guam on Friday, but a commentary in the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun slammed Washington's push for more sanctions against the regime, saying, "the army and people of the DPRK will put an end to the vicious moves of the USA for isolating and stifling" the country, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. North Korean state media reports suggest Kim Jong Un could potentially sign off on the plan at about that same time.

Trump on Thursday warned that North Korea would face "fire and fury" if it kept threatening the USA, saying maybe that tough talk "wasn't tough enough".

He said North Korea had been "getting away with a tragedy that can't be allowed".

Should Trump tone down the rhetoric that could be creating more tensions between the countries? In addition to the U.S. military bases, Guam is also equipped with the sophisticated THAAD weapons system which is capable of destroying intermediate-range missiles in the final phase of flight.

North Korea has followed that talk by claiming it will have a plan to fire four missiles at the US territory of Guam ready within days.

North Korea's acquisition of nuclear weapons and its development of an array of missiles to deliver them have raised the stakes further. Beijing has expressed frustration with both Pyongyang's repeated nuclear and missile tests and with behavior from South Korea and the USA, such as military drills, that it sees as increasing tensions. Trump also said the USA was considering tighter sanctions against North Korea. Most experts believe that Pyongyang's quest for nuclear weapons is not geared toward launching a suicidal first strike, but rather a check against any attempt by the finish the job we failed to do in the Korean War.

Life in North Korea: Remarkable Photos of Everyday Life in Pyongyang
Life in North Korea: Remarkable Photos of Everyday Life in Pyongyang

On Tuesday, Trump appeared to threaten nuclear war, vowing to respond to North Korean threats with "fire and fury like the world has never seen". "It's possible North Korea could attack Japan as well".

Trump previously said the USA would unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continued to threaten the US, and in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday, he didn't back down. And, while there has been simmering tension between the USA and North Korea for decades, Trump's novel approach to worldwide relations is keeping everyone, including, the financial markets, on their toes.

"We want to make sure that every job that comes back to our shores is filled with American workers", said Trump, who also said "Who knows more about the word "apprentice" than Donald Trump?" referring to the television show he once hosted.

"The North Koreans really have to start understanding that this is a global issue", he said. According to CNN, South Korea's military has detected no preparations for a missile launch from the north, and experts suspect the real objective of the threat is geopolitical theatre.

During that war, Japan occupied Guam until USA forces helped liberate it. Guam's called the tip of the spear for that reason.

Russian and German leadership expressed concern in recent days over the president's rhetoric, after he wrote on Twitter that the U.S. is "locked and loaded" ahead of any action by the North. "People are calm. We try to assure them there are defense capabilities in place, and people are putting their faith in them".

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