Trump's "Fire and Fury" Wouldn't Be the First for North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
August 16, 2017

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo says the US territory is prepared to deal with whatever North Korean leader Kim Jong Un decides to dish out in the coming days.

The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

Kim had examined plans to fire missiles near Guam, but made no move towards an immediate strike, Korean Central News Agency reported.

He added that the U.S. should stop "provoking" Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) any longer, and if the "Yankees" as Kim called them are persistent with their "reckless actions, ' he could change his mind and proceed with 'enveloping fire" at Guam.

Kim stated "that if the Yankees persist in their extremely risky reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared, warning the US that it should think reasonably and judge properly not to suffer shame that it is hit by the DPRK".

South Korean leader President Moon Jae-in said the nu clear crisis must "absolutely be solved peacefully" and warned that United States military action requires Seoul's consent.

Last week, the North said a plan was being drawn up to fire four missiles into the sea off Guam, where U.S. bombers are based.

Beijing, which is Pyongyang's main diplomatic ally, has repeatedly called on the United States and North Korea to tone down their rhetoric in recent days. "If they do that, then it's game on", he said.

"I need a certain amount of ambiguity on this" to prevent North Korea from knowing too much about US planning, he said. "Regardless of whatever twist and turns we could experience, the North Korean nuclear program should absolutely be solved peacefully, and the (South Korean) government and the USA government don't have a different position on this".

For Mr Lizama, who has lived in Guam his whole life, Pyongyang's threats are nothing new.

"This is a direct invitation to talk reciprocal constraints on exercises and missile launches", said Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Kim Jong-un advised Washington "to take into full account gains and losses with clear head" as further confrontation is "unfavorable for any party".

These comments come following a week of verbal escalation between the United States and North Korea. "When the time is right", said State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Tuesday.

The North Korean response had been welcomed by leaders in Guam, and will also be met with relief by regional powers in Asia.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said his nation will do "all it can" to prevent violence from breaking out on the Korean Peninsula.

But he added there could be no dialogue before the North halts its "nuclear and missile provocations".

"It could escalate into war very quickly", Mattis said.

Meanwhile, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe used a telephone call on Tuesday to praise Mr Trump's commitment to protect USA allies in the region and halt missile launches from Pyongyang.

"Every North Korean must have seen this photo on TV and newspapers".

The Japanese government deployed battery of Partriot Advance Capability or PAC-3 in different areas of Western Japan where four intermediate range missiles of North Korea are expected to pass through if launched, based on Nokor's plans.

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