Majority thinks N. Korea poses very serious threat to US

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

President Donald Trump has warned North Korea it will face "fire and fury" if it threatens the USA, prompting the nuclear-armed nation to say it is considering firing missiles at the American-held Pacific island of Guam.

A military spokesman said the Pyongyang would strike the American territory should the USA provoke North Korea.

A spokesman for the Korean People's Army, in a statement carried by the North's state-run KCNA news agency, said the strike plan will be "put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment" once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.

In recent weeks, the country has also claimed that it successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles, which may be capable of reaching Alaska.

"Despite the United States' insistence that North Korea halt its missile tests, US spy agencies detected the rogue communist regime loading two anti-ship cruise missiles on a patrol boat on the country's east coast just days ago", the Fox News story states.

"As I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly, power - the likes of which this world has never seen before", Trump said. "No one should think that a conflict with North Korea will be a quick little glorious war, or be tempted by false hopes that North Korea's nuclear program can be destroyed with a single antiseptic surgical strike".

North Korea slammed the penalties - which could slash a third of the country's $3 billion in export revenue - as a "violent infringement of its sovereignty" and part of a "heinous US plot to isolate and stifle" the country.

About three-quarters of respondents, 77 percent, now think North Korea could launch a missile that would be able to hit the U.S.

"We should not be engaging in the same kind of blustery and provocative statements as North Korea about nuclear war", Cardin's statement read. "It's not bad, but it's kind of the classic Trump in that he overstates things".

McCain, however, said he was unsure of whether Trump's statement could be interpreted as a threat to North Korea.

Later Tuesday, Guam's congressional delegate Madeleine Bordallo responded to North Korea's provocation, saying she was "confident that Guam remains safe and protected".

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting with officials in Asia this week, exploring diplomatic solutions to the growing crisis.

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