Germany urges 'restraint' from North Korea, Trump

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

North Korea raised the stakes just hours later, saying it was considering missile strikes near U.S. strategic military installations on the Pacific island of Guam.

The KCNA report said that a strike on Guam would be aimed at containing U.S. military bases on the Pacific island.

In a report on state-run media, North Korea said it would "turn the USA mainland into the theater of a nuclear war" at the first sign of an impending American attack. "The real threat is stumbling into an inadvertent nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula by misunderstanding or miscalculation". He adds, "Inflammatory rhetoric on both sides will make that more likely".

Tensions in the region have risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests a year ago and two ICBM tests in July.

"Trump said the US would take tough measures if North Korea fired off missiles, but it did not", said Zhang Liangui, a professor at the ruling Communist Party's main training academy.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said a "conflict (with North Korea) would be shattering". Kim's argument - ridiculous as it sounds - is that North Korea needs nukes to ensure the regime's survival and defend it against the United States, a nation he remains convinced is out to unseat him.

Bordallo issued a statement saying Pentagon officials have assured her that the territory is protected. Japan, a key USA ally, is a potential, front-line target of North Korean aggression.

If the rhetoric sounded similar to North Korean pronouncements, it was.

Cruz calls the threat "very disconcerting", saying, "It forces us to pause and to say a prayer for the safety of our people".

As two nuclear-armed leaders trade threats, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that President Trump "is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language".

Weapons experts say both of those missiles, created to carry nuclear warheads, could theoretically reach the U.S. mainland, based on the range of two recent missile tests.

NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) - An index of stocks across the globe slipped on Tuesday after touching a record high, following U.S. President Donald Trump's warning that North Korean threats "will be met with fire and fury", while the dollar rose against a basket of peers after U.S. job openings jumped to a record high in June. The advances were detailed in an official Japanese assessment and later a Washington Post story that cited US intelligence officials and a confidential Defense Intelligence Agency report.

Trump issued his strongest warning yet for North Korea in comments to reporters in New Jersey on Tuesday.

"You got to be sure you can do what you say you're going to do", Republican Sen.

A spokesman for the Korean People's Army said in a statement on Wednesday it was "carefully examining" plans for a missile attack on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which has a large U.S. military base.

So when Trump threatens North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", that feeds into Pyongyang's propaganda, analysts say.

Guam, popular with Japanese and South Korean tourists, is protected by the advanced U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, deployed in South Korea.

Other experts have said in recent months that such an advancement by Pyongyang, in its pursuit to become the world's ninth full-fledged nuclear power, was probably years away.

The poll was completed after news reports of North Korean missile tests involving intercontinental ballistic missiles which have the potential to reach the USA under the right conditions. It said the Defense Intelligence Agency analysis, completed last month, assessed North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, including by intercontinental missiles.

The Post story, citing unnamed USA intelligence officials, went further.

Officials at the agency wouldn't comment Tuesday. The South Koreans obviously expect us to meet our mutual defense treaty requirements, but they just elected to office a new administration that desires to find a peaceful solution to the crisis, indeed direct talks.

North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile able to strike the United States and has ignored all calls to halt its weapons programs, even from lone major ally China.

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