Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre, 2018

Tensions ease as N Korea holds off on Guam missile plan

North Korea defers decision on firing missiles at US Kim Jong spotted examining strike plan Tensions ease as N Korea holds off on Guam missile plan
Parmenio Sano | 17 Agosto, 2017, 12:44

Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio told the media Tuesday that North Korea appears to be holding off on an imminent launch of missiles into waters near the USA territory in the Pacific.

The looming threat of a North Korean missile strike on the U.S. territory of Guam, and Pyongyang's increasing nuclear capabilities, have exacerbated tensions in the region.

On Tuesday, North Korea had said that it would keep fire-ready regarding its Guam plans while watching the actions of the United States for a while longer.

Manning said that the United States and South Korea have "made a lot of progress" in the last couple years to prepare against any North Korea threat.

President Donald Trump's North Korea strategy has been all over the place.

Trump says: "The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"

On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Washington would take out any such missile seen to be heading for American soil, warning that such a North Korean attack could mean war. "I would like to warn North Korea to end its unsafe gamble", the president told reporters. "We hope to see them improve mutual trust, and move toward the goal of preserving peace and stability on the peninsula as well as realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula". "The potential consequences of military action are too horrific to even contemplate", Guterres said. But there have been some signs of improvement in recent days, including China's decision to ban North Korean iron ore, iron, lead and coal as part of a new United Nations sanctions package against Pyongyang.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, is in China today at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea. William R. McKinney, a retired Army officer and adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies who had extensive experience on the Korean Peninsula during his military career. "I do not necessarily believe that showed his determination to take military options".


However, North Korea has yet to show signs of readiness to meet US and South Korean demands.

Iron ore cargoes from North Korea usually sell for about 100 yuan a tonne less than those from top suppliers, Australia and Brazil, a third China-based trader who handles iron ore but is not involved in North Korean business said.

The most concerning aspect of the sanctions on North Korea is that they nearly cut 1/3 out of the North Korean economy.

Since the Global Times has served as an unofficial channel conveying China's policy, its editorial can be seen a message to Pyongyang that China will not object to USA surgical strikes against the North's missile sites in response to Pyongyang's launch of missiles targeting US territory.

The exercise itself has changed several times, and dates back to 1968, when South Korea and the United States created a war game called Focus Lens.

In an editorial Tuesday, nationalistic state-run tabloid Global Times said South Korea should "act as a buffer" between the USA and North Korea and urged Seoul to halt the upcoming joint military exercise.

"We share a commitment to work through these hard issues", he added, without elaborating.

The U.S. -South Korean military exercises have exacerbated tensions in the past.

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