N Korea considers missile strike on Guam amid 'mini nuke' reports

Marsha Scott
August 14, 2017

"And your tourism, I can say this, your tourism is going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you", Trump can be heard saying over the phone.

US officials say they will be going ahead with long-scheduled military exercises with South Korea.

But all agree it has made rapid progress under Kim Jong-Un.

The call came after Trump unleashed a slew of fresh threats against North Korea on Friday, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies.

Young graduate Choe Kyong Song says North Koreans don't want war, but then went on to repeat the kind of bold rhetoric that authorities favor - the idea that any conflict with the USA would result in North Korean victory and the reunification of Korea.

The words followed an early morning tweet in which Trump declared the USA military is "locked and loaded" if the isolated rogue nation acts "unwisely".

"It has never been a vehicle for negotiations and this does not constitute substantive US-DPRK dialogue", he said, using the acronym for North Korea's formal name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Life on the streets of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, also remained calm. And if North Korea's missiles prove no match for US interceptors, Kim Jong Un might be chastened into thinking twice before conducting any more.

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Trump is clearly leaning on the old adage that all press is good press, but here's the thing: it's not.

Tensions between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States escalated this week amid increasingly heated rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang. KCNA said on Thursday the North Korean army would complete plans in mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land in the sea 18 to 25 miles (30-40 km) from Guam.

As it is, the USA has a robust military presence in the region, including six B-1 bombers in Guam and Air Force fighter jet units in South Korea, plus other assets across the Pacific Ocean and in the skies above. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of US forces in South Korea to show they are always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no military solution, adding that "an escalation of the rhetoric is the wrong answer". "We are not just a military installation", Calvo said in an online video message. "She's certainly not referring to the United States, that I can tell you". "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump".

Trump says he has yet to speak with the governor of the territory, but says, "I feel that they will be very safe, believe me".

Jacob Martinez, 29, a purchasing officer at a high-end hotel, said he was frustrated that Guam, an island smaller than Singapore and about 11,000 km away from the USA mainland, might be dragged into a major conflict.

"Hopefully it'll all work out", Trump said. This also implies that he will walk back from his plans for a new Sunshine Policy towards North Korea. Pyongyang says it will be ready to send its missile launch plan to Kim for approval just before or as the drills begin.

The president called the U.S. military "incredible, "rock solid" and "the best in the world by a factor of five".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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