Guam Catholics pray for peace amid North Korean missile threats

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 14, 2017

Perry said that arrangement could ease tensions that have only heightened this week after both President Trump and dictator Kim Jong Un touted their military strength.

Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People's Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for North Korean missile tests.

"At the end of the day if the North Koreans evolve into a fully replete nuclear weapons state with ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) with miniaturised warheads on top then, well, the Chinese view is, the U.S. will then just have to accept that reality", Mr Rudd said.

Pyongyang recently said it was working on a plan to launch a medium-range ballistic missile near the U.S. territory of Guam, some 3,200 km from North Korea.

"That back channel can lead to a formal agreement that will resolve this crisis", said Perry, who in the waning days of the Clinton administration almost secured a missile agreement with North Korea.

But hope hasn't gotten me far lately, so I figure we should prepare for the worst. I don't think we are there yet.

Now is the time for statesmanship and cool-headed diplomacy on all sides.

Clapper said the U.S. and North Korea could "blunder" into global military conflict as they exchange escalating hostilities.

The escalation in rhetoric between the two countries has led President Trump to warn Pyongyang that he now has in place operational plans to attack North Korea should it dare attack Guam.

The statement added that Trump had "reassured" Guam Governor Eddie Calvo that the USA military would "ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America". And it reaffirms my honest belief that President Trump's mouth is a greater threat to America than North Korea could ever hope to be.

"Concerned parties must exercise restraint and avoid remarks and actions that escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula", it cited the Chinese president as saying.

The United Nations Security Council, with encouragement from the USA, voted unanimously at the beginning of August to impose new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for the regime's recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests. But China says it alone can not compel Pyongyang to change course.

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