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Trump touts US nuclear arsenal amid standoff with North Korea

North Korean military parade in Pyongyang GETTYKim Jong-un's army is mostly outdated and based on Soviet-era technology
Parmenio Sano | 15 Agosto, 2017, 11:16

The war of words between Pyongyang and Washington has escalated since US President Donald Trump took office.

Dunford is visiting South Korea, Japan and China after a week in which Trump declared the USA military "locked and loaded" and said he was ready to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States. United States officials then told NBC that Washington has a plan for a preemptive strike on North Korean missile sites with bombers stationed in Guam, should Trump order it.

North Korea has said they're holding off on an anticipated test to try to fire four missiles into the waters off the coast of Guam.

"North Korea better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble", Trump said, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence. "Those who don't know the North very well fall into this trap every time (thinking they are easing threats) but we've seen this before".

Trump has told associates that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has disrespected him and the United States, and that Trump believes the North will only respond to toughness and the threat of force, according to two people who, like others interviewed, requested anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations. For now, he will watch the U.S., but ordered the army to be ready to strike 'at all times, ' KCNA report said.

Any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate quickly to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties and an untold economic impact worldwide, former USA defence officials and experts believe. We have reached a culminating point, and we should brace ourselves for a new level of permanent crisis even if hot war never breaks out.

CHANG: Good morning. OK, so how are these latest comments likely to be received by North Korea?

"I am certain the United States will respond to the current situation calmly and responsibly in a stance that is equal to ours", he said.


State media released photos of their leader looking at maps alongside military chiefs during an inspection of North Korea's Strategic Forces, which handles the country's missile programme, on Monday.

"The US has no interest in regime change or accelerated reunification of Korea".

"We will defend the country from any attack, at any time, from any quarter".

"Military action on the Korean peninsula can only be decided by South Korea and no one else can decide to take military action without the consent of South Korea", Moon said in a speech to commemorate the anniversary of the nation's liberation from Japanese military rule in 1945. Our government must press for measured responses to bring the temperature down.

Financial markets regard tensions between Pyongyang and Washington as more serious than in the past, South Korea's finance minister said. But Stephen Noerper, a Columbia University political science professor and senior director at the Korea Society, told the Wall Street Journal that with joint military exercises between the US and South Korea set to begin next week, things could easily ramp up again.

Abe on Tuesday also criticized North Korea's threat, saying it had "raised the regional tension like never before".

"I've seen no intelligence that would indicate that we're in that place today", Pompeo told Fox News Sunday.

The combined military exercise, set to begin August 21, could trigger a conflict, according to Pyongyang's state-controlled news agency KCNA. "It's like if the invention of the Furby would lead to the Sudanese Civil War". "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. He ended up talking for 30 minutes, much of it in ominous language about North Korea. China strenuously rejects linking the two issues.

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