Raising the stakes: Why North Korea is talking up Guam

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 19, 2017

The warnings issued by the U.S., the threats by North Korea to do significant damage to USA territories and China's apparent reluctance to take a hard stance against Pyongyang forms an endless circle.

Japan was on Saturday deploying its Patriot missile defence system after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, reports said.

But should it? Could it?

The exercises were scheduled well before tensions began to rise over Trump's increasingly fiery rhetoric and North Korea's announcement of the missile plan, which if carried out would be its most provocative launch yet.

In an editorial on Saturday, North Korea's Minju Joson newspaper said that the US "finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK".

The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA would cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi prefectures of Japan, and would fly 3,356.7 kilometers for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 kilometers (18 to 24 miles) away from Guam, according to the statement.

It's not an easy call.

Mr Calvo said he had "never felt so safe" with Mr Trump in charge.

But Daniel Russel, until April the top US diplomat for East Asia, said this so-called NY channel had been a relatively commonplace means of communication with North Korea over the years, and was not a forum for negotiation.

"Definitely, I know Guam is a pretty good target because it's important to the US because of the military", she said. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of USA forces in South Korea to show they're always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula. It has limited self-government, with a popularly elected governor, small legislature and non-voting delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives. US Pacific Command also tweeted that US Air Force Lancer bombers on Guam stand ready to "fight tonight" if called up on to do so.

Don't worry about a thing. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path", escalating an exchange of threats between the nuclear-armed nations.

"Good morning.It's great to speak to you and I just wanted to pay my respects and we are with you 1000 percent, you are safe, we are with you 1000 percent", President Trump said.

In his own mind, Trump's intention may really be to use military force to deny North Korea the capability to threaten the United States with a nuclear-armed ICBM.

He'd need to undertake extensive war and postwar planning, mustering all relevant agencies of the USA government - when it's still in doubt whether his new chief of staff can even succeed in keeping order within the Oval Office.

"If the United States did try to intercept the missiles they would want to intercept all of them, because failing to intercept them all would send a message about the (U.S.'s) limited capacity. those systems aren't ideal", he said. God Bless the people of Guam and God Bless the United States of America.

"We're all looking to get out of this situation without a war", Dunford said.

U.S. president Donald Trump has called the Governor of Guam, the island nation under threat of nuclear attack from North Korea, that news of the potential missile strike will boost tourism.

The French presidency said North Korea was engaged in a "dangerous escalation" of tensions.

"Guam is more than a military base". The U.S. military has also conducted two ICBM interceptor tests since May.

"Make sure you understand that this is not the final decision", Robert Carlin, the former chief of the Northeast Asia Division at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, told reporters on a call organized by 38 North, a website that brings together experts on North Korea.

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