North Korea renews threat to launch missile towards Guam

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 14, 2017

North Korea again threatened on Friday October 13th 2017 with firing missiles near the American island of Guam at Washington's military deployment in the region, the same day that the USA and Seoul announced new naval maneuvers in waters off the Korean peninsula.

The submarine MI arrived in Busan, South Korea, on Friday, and warplanes will also join the exercise, The New York Times reported.

The U.S. military said in a separate statement it conducted drills with Japanese fighters after the exercise with South Korea, making it the first time U.S. bombers have conducted training with fighters from both Japan and South Korea at night.

After several days, North Korea appeared to back down from his threat, though.

The nuclear-powered submarine MI arrived at the South Korean port of Busan on Friday.

As the United States and South Korea prepared for a joint naval exercise next week, North Korean officials on Friday renewed their threat to launch ballistic missiles near Guam, a us territory in the western Pacific. US and South Korean warplanes also will join the exercise.

These actions "reinforce our determination about the need to tame the United States with fire, and keep our hand closer to the trigger and be ready to take any countermeasures required", the commentary said.

Although they did not meet with Kim Jong-un, an interview with Ri-the former commanding general of the North Korean military-is considered the next-best opportunity.

U.S. military assets include the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan and two Arleigh Burke class destroyers, while South Korea will provide an Aegis destroyer, naval helicopters and F-15 k, FA-18 and A-10.

On Friday, a researcher at the Institute for American Studies at the North Korean Foreign Ministry warned that the joint exercise, as well as a flight by two U.S. B-1B bombers over South Korea on Tuesday, compelled the North to "take military counteraction".

Yesterday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said there's "great concern" about Americans who live in Guam.

Asked about North Korea on Friday, President Trump said, "We're totally prepared for numerous things", the Los Angeles Times reports.

On Tuesday Trump discussed "a range of options" with his national security team to respond to North Korea's recent missile and nuclear tests.

'Let's hope that diplomacy works, ' he said.

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