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If North Korea hits Guam then it's game on: USA defence chief

If North Korea hits Guam then it's game on: USA defence chief If North Korea hits Guam then it's game on: USA defence chief
Parmenio Sano | 16 Agosto, 2017, 17:50

Meanwhile, China announced Monday it will cut off imports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other goods in three weeks under United Nations sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

France is a member of the Security Council, which approved fresh sanctions on North Korea this month for its recent intercontinental ballistic missile testing.

North Korea regards the USA exercises with South Korea and Japan as preparations to invade it.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely", he said on Twitter before retweeting Pentagon photos of B1 bombers that are said to be key to USA plans to strike the North.

He said he believed this was "just a show of force" to mark North Korea's Liberation Day celebrations on Tuesday.

He added South Korea would "block war by all means".

Last week, Trump said, "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reaffirmed the USA commitment to protect South Korea after a meeting with President Moon Jae-in, spokesman Park Su-hyun told reporters in Seoul on Monday.

"The strategic environment is becoming harsher and we need to discuss how we will respond to that", a Japanese foreign ministry official said in a briefing in Tokyo.

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Xi "agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour".


The North Korean nuclear threat is too often portrayed as an insoluble problem, a choice between "holocaust or humiliation", in John F. Kennedy's words. The uninhabited territory is known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

During a phone call Friday with Eddie Baza Calvo, the Republican governor of the US territory in the Western Pacific, Trump said that the attention would boost tourism "tenfold" - even as he continued to escalate rhetoric against North Korea. Donald Trump is promising to bring about "fire and fury" like nobody has ever seen before.

China's president, Xi Jinping, made a plea for cool-headedness in a phone conversation with Trump on Saturday, urging both sides to avoid words or actions that could worsen the situation.

Over the weekend, Japan redeployed batteries of its land-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptors to some of the prefectures over which the North Korean missiles would potentially fly: Shimane, Hiroshima and Koch. He did not elaborate. Analysts said that a wide swath of the continental United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, could be within reach of those missiles, once they're perfected.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo speaks during an interview with Reuters at the government complex on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017.

Calvo said that it was "business as usual" on the island. The North then threatened to lob missiles near Guam.

"There is no change in the threat level", Guam Homeland Security adviser George Charfauros said.

"Please don't nuke us, North Korea, right now we're all a little tense", Yankovic sings.

The U.S. aircraft, which were created to carry nuclear bombs and later switched to conventional payloads, have flown several sorties in East Asia over recent weeks. -South Korean military exercise, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, is expected to proceed as scheduled starting on August 21, said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman. "Our government will put everything on the line to prevent another war on the Korean Peninsula", Moon said. The diplomatic trick here is simultaneously reassuring North Korea, China, South Korea and Japan that their vital interests would be protected.

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