Japan installs missile interceptors as N Korea's Guam threat looms

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has urged Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to "calm down" amidst escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea.

Trump's tweet and statements to reporters came from Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is on what the White House called a working vacation at his private golf club.

"We're very much in agreement", Mr. Trump said.

Officials have not raised the USA territory's threat level after Pyongyang said it had laid out plans to strike near the island in the coming weeks.

In response to that fire and fury threat, North Korea said its military is preparing to conduct a test firing of four missiles that would fly over Japan and land in waters near the us territory of Guam.

ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine said it would be an "an extremely provocative act" to fire missiles towards Guam, a United States site which hosts a major military base.

The president spoke with Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo on Saturday to reassure him and residents here. While a voluble North Korea with its threats of nuclear-enabled missiles gives China strategic leverage, as the only restraining influence on Kim, outright war would harm China, too.

On August 9, Trump had warned Pyongyang that any threat to the country will be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

"Maybe it wasn't tough enough", he said. In case North Korea attacked the US Pacific military bases, NATO countries will not be automatically involved in the conflict on the current legal basis, a NATO official told TASS on Friday. "I think we're very unified and we have been right from the very beginning". "Rather than let that take effect and squeeze the North Koreans and get them back from the brink, we're escalating it and using language that President Kim uses in North Korea".

China has repeatedly called for a resumption of long-dormant six-party talks to peacefully resolve the mounting tensions, but its position has been overshadowed by the emerging game of brinkmanship.

Trump had called on Beijing in the past to exert its control over North Korea, its trading partner, on several instances.

The two leaders spoke overphone to discuss the escalating tension after Kim threatened the USA this week to fire missiles at Guam, a United States island territory, after the U.S. sponsored a resolution imposing new economic sanctions on Pyongyang over its missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

"We'll always consider negotiations, but they've been negotiating now for 25 years", Trump said, adding that efforts by former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama failed to end North Korea's nuclear threat.

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