My answer to North Korea

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 19, 2017

North Korea's backing down from its inflammatory threat to attack Guam could represent a foreign policy victory for the Trump administration, despite the president's own erratic rhetoric.

Trump called the decision "wise and well reasoned".

In a Twitter comment, Trump said, "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"

But fears of conflict remain as the US and South Korea next week begin military drills that the North views as preparation for invasion, and as Washington seeks to stop the North's progress toward having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the continental United States.

In another statement released by KCNA, the Kim Jong-un regime criticised South Korean President Moon Jae-in, saying that the speech he made on Tuesday, in which he stressed the commitment of the South Korean government to avoid war "at all costs", is pure "sophistry".

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters Thursday that he's advised the USA leadership not to dial back on the exercises with South Korea.

The recent deescalation on both sides is good news for those anxious about a potential US-North Korea war.

The officials also discussed China's maritime disputes in the South China Sea with neighbouring countries, including Taiwan, and growing tension on the Korean peninsula over North Korea's repeated nuclear and missile tests.

The United States - which backed Seoul in the war against the Chinese and Soviet-backed North - maintains about 28,500 servicemembers in South Korea. The transcript was sent to The Associated Press on Thursday by North Korea's U.N. Mission.

Kim says his army has finalised plans to launch four missiles into the waters near the US Pacific territory of Guam, but are waiting for his order to strike. The U.S.is not a volatile nation.

The tubby tyrant has launched more missiles this year alone than his father Kim Jong-il did in his entire reign.

Angered over the sanctions, North Korea said on August 7 it would take a "thousands-fold" revenge against the United States.

"We shouldn't make a hasty decision on this", he said.

"(North Korea) has not pursued nuclear and rocket development secretly.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea's decision to hold off was not enough and Pyongyang would have to show it was "intent on denuclearising the Korean peninsula".

The PM said that the move would undermine Seoul's calls for North Korea to denuclearize, trigger a nuclear arms race and put the country under global sanctions, Yonhap reported. The US general reiterated that the US has the right and the capabilities to defend itself and its allies.

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