U.S. warns North Korea to avoid destruction of its people

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 11, 2017

In a surprise stop in Guam pn Wednesday on his way home from the region, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended Trump's "fire and fury" remarks while stating that the U.S.is not under "imminent threat" of a nuclear attack from North Korea. He said Kim Jong Un's regime should listen to and "act on that clarity".

Critics say Trump and his team are delivering inconsistent messages, driven in part by the different power factions inside the White House.

Here are the administration's top figures shaping the debate on North Korea policy and their views on how to counter Pyongyang.

USA military strategists at the Pentagon have a military solution in place to address the growing threat emanating from North Korea, but they are holding their fire in favor of ongoing diplomatic efforts by Washington and its allies, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday. Mr Mattis is familiar with detailed contingency planning for a war with North Korea and would not shrink from military action but would hope for a diplomatic solution.

"Kim Jong Un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council's unified voice, and statements from governments the world over, who agree the DPRK poses a threat to global security and stability", said Mattis. "This is my rhetoric".

The official said the threats would only increase as the U.S., South Korea and several allies prepare for joint military exercises on the peninsula beginning August 21.

If North Korea were to actually carry out such a launch - even if it aimed at hitting the waters off the island and not the island itself - that would clearly pose a potential threat to US territory and put the United States in a much more complicated situation than it has been during previous missile launches.

In response, the DPRK warned of preemptive strikes against the USA military base of Guam in the Pacific.

That would likely open up a set of very major problems, including the possibility of both a very high-profile failure or a miscalculation of Washington's intentions and a more deadly pre-emptive strike by the North - which has missiles able to hit Tokyo and conventional weapons that could devastate South Korea's capital of Seoul. "That campaign is working, it is ratcheting up the pressure every day". "And we're trying to convey to the North Koreans we are not your enemy, we are not your threat, but you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond".

The sanctions vote came after North Korea in July conducted two successful test launches of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), called the Hwasong 14, with the range to hit the USA mainland.

President Donald J. Trump.

But he also sought to downplay the prospect of any immediate military conflict, despite Trump's comments.

"The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from attack", he added. "So the American people should sleep well at night".

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