Korean shares open lower on heightened tensions over N. Korea

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

In an apparent response to Trump's provocative remarks, Pyongyang said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, home to a United States military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group.

The consequences of a U.S. strike would potentially be catastrophic for South Koreans, Japanese and United States military personnel within range of North Korean retaliatory strikes.

On Tuesday Trump warned further North Korean threats would "be met with fire and the fury like the world has never seen" after Pyongyang threatened "physical" retaliation for the new sanctions.

"We should not be engaging in the same kind of blustery and provocative statements as North Korea about nuclear war", Cardin's statement read.

But North Korea warned in a separate KCNA report on Wednesday that it was looking beyond Guam and would hit the U.S. mainland with preemptive strikes, with the use of nuclear weapons, should there be any sign the United States planned to strike North Korea first.

A spokesman from the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army warned the USA that their recent testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles and aerial bomber presence "may provoke a unsafe conflict".

Trump's fiery rhetoric also plays into the long-standing North Korean narrative that the nation is under the imminent threat of invasion by the United States.

That advance does not mean North Korea has a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile, according to a USA official briefed on the intelligence assessment.

Trump's words add fuel to that fire, says Jean Lee, a global fellow for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the former chief of the Seoul and Pyongyang bureaus for The Associated Press.

The UN Security Council met on Saturday and approved sanctions against North Korea.

Warning of "fire and fury", President Donald Trump answered North Korea's threats with rhetoric the nuclear-armed nation might appreciate.

The revelation Tuesday, first published by The Washington Post, that North Korea had succeeded in miniaturizing a nuclear warhead to insert on an inter-continental ballistic missile appeared to take Pyongyang across an important threshold in its race to deploy nuclear weapons, and to narrow the window Trump faces in deciding how to respond to a new threat to the American homeland.

The statement says the move is in response to a recent U.S. ICBM test.

However, Brumfiel says the best pieces of evidence are the nuclear tests themselves.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note fell to 2.255 percent from its U.S. close of 2.282 percent on Tuesday.

North Korea has been hit by plenty of sanctions in the past but the latest are said to be the toughest yet. "We all understand that", Turnbull said on Wednesday. Privately we should tell North Korea directly that their weapons are unusable and any attack in us or our allies will bring about the end of the North Korean state.

"North Korea have no intentions of backing down".

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says North Korea is reckless, provocative, unsafe and a threat to peace.

Andrea Berger, who has previously participated in security negotiations with North Korea, said the country wants a nuclear arsenal to keep others out in order to be left alone.

In July, military and government reports showed the country's northern border region, which includes the 880 mile (1,415 kilometer) North Korean-Chinese border, was being reinforced with extra Chinese troops.

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