United States congresswoman confident Guam protected from North Korea threat

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

"The KPA Strategic Force is now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in order to contain the USA major military bases on Guam including the Anderson Air Force Base in which the US strategic bombers, which get on the nerves of the DPRK and threaten and blackmail it through their frequent visits to the sky above South Korea, are stationed and to send a serious warning signal to the U.S".

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo said Wednesday there is no threat to Guam or to the Mariana Islands to the north.

Trump has vowed to answer North Korea "with fire and fury" if Pyongyang continued to threaten the U.S, after the North's military has claimed it was examining plans for attacking the USA territory of Guam in the Pacific. But South Korean defense officials said after the May launch that they estimated Pukguksong-2's range to be around 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles), which would be enough to strike USA bases in Japan but come short of reaching Guam. Tillerson says he believes that's why North Korea's rhetoric is becoming louder and more threatening.

Andersen Air Force Base on Guam is where the USA keeps its B1-B bombers deployed to the Asia Pacific. The test drew a new set of harsh economic sanctions from the U.N. Security Council over the weekend.

Hecker says the real threat is "stumbling into an inadvertent nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula by misunderstanding or miscalculation". Both slid to more than one-month lows.

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

"The plan is to be soon reported to the Supreme Command soon after going through full examination and completion and will be put into practice in a multi-concurrent and consecutive way any moment Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the nuclear force of the DPRK, makes a decision". "And it threatens the peace of the region, the peace of the world".

He said he communicated with the White House regarding the North's threat and was assured by the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security that there was no change in the threat level.

"I think the president just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the US unquestionable ability to defend itself".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Senate intelligence committee's leading Democrat, lamented Trump's "bombastic" comments at a time high-level dialogue with North Korea is needed. "The U.S. military has kept the bombers in the area for over a decade". South Korean shares, which have been among the strongest performers in the world so far this year, fell 1 percent, while the won lost around 0.6 percent to 1,134.70 to the dollar.

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

Seoul resident Kim Sung-un, 29, said North Korea tended to make a lot of threats about missile attacks, but did not follow through.

McCain, who heads the Armed Services Committee, made the comments Tuesday in an interview on KTAR News in Phoenix.

But U.S. intelligence officials told Reuters that while North Korea has accelerated its efforts to design an ICBM, a miniaturized nuclear warhead, and a nosecone robust enough to survive reentry through the Earth's atmosphere, there is no reliable evidence it has mastered all three, much less tested and combined them into a weapon capable of hitting targets in the United States. A modernization effort started by former President Barack Obama is in the early stages, but the force is essentially unchanged from the way Trump inherited it on January 20.

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States".

Trump issued the warning during a briefing on opioid addiction at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. If the North calls Trump's bluff and conducts more missile launches or nuclear tests, Trump will be under added pressure now to deliver a forceful American response.

To that end, Tillerson said there was still an off-ramp available to Pyongyang: A return to negotiations with the USA, a step that Tillerson has previously said can happen only if Kim Jong Un's government gives up its nuclear aspirations, starting with an extended pause in missile tests.

The Pentagon did not comment on the story, but the Post said two U.S. officials familiar with the analysis had verified the assessment's broad conclusions, and CNN said it had confirmed the report.

Officials at the agency have not commented.

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