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Japan to extend missile shield after N. Korea threatens Guam

Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times
Parmenio Sano | 13 Agosto, 2017, 09:12

Trump has said he would not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.

But he refused to spell out what can be tougher than "fire and fury".

Tourists are pictured on the waters off Tumon beach on the island of Guam, a US Pacific Territory, August 11, 2017.

Trump offered reassurance to Guam.

Reportedly, North Korea angrily threatening retaliation against the United States and vowed that new UN sanctions would not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal. Citing the new UNSC sanctions against North Korea, Mattis told reporters that "the American effort is diplomatically led ..."

In an apparent move to illustrate his assertion, Trump us his personal and presidential accounts to retweet a message from the U.S. Pacific Command showing B-1B Lancer Bombers on Guam, ready to respond to North Korea.

He urged Kim not to act "unwisely" and to choose "another path".

U.S. officials insist there have been no new significant movement of troops, ships, aircraft or other assets to the region other than what has already been long planned for previously scheduled exercises.

The Obama administration sought to end all that with its policy of "strategic patience" - essentially no longer rewarding North Korea for bad behavior.

All the war talk in recent days has alarmed global leaders.


The president has repeatedly said the US would take all the necessary action to ensure the nation's security, however, the administration is yet to come up with a concrete plan to deal with the nuclear threat.

The factsheet, issued by Guam's Office of Civil Defence and titled Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat, advises people not to look at the flash of a fireball because it could cause blindness.

"I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Despite the rhetoric, USA officials said there was no major movement of US military assets to the region, nor were there signs Pyongyang was actively preparing for war.

"Perhaps she is referring to Germany".

"We are with you 1,000%", Mr Trump said in the phone call, recorded and posted on YouTube by Governor Eddie Calvo.

In an official statement from its foreign ministry, China, which is North Korea's most important ally and trading partner, on Friday reiterated a call for all parties to act and speak with caution so as to avoid increasing tensions.

In a readout of the call between Trump and Macron, the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders promised to work together to enforce the new round of sanctions passed by the U.N. Security Council last week.

To solve the North Korean issue, Mr Xi told Mr Trump that "in the final analysis, it is necessary to adhere to the direction of dialogue and negotiation, and a political solution".

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