Trump warns U.S. 'locked and loaded' as North Korea readies missiles

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

The 40-minute conversation came as jitters among South Koreans were growing over President Trump's threat to deal with North Korea with "fire and fury" and the North's warning that it would respond with an "enveloping" missile barrage around Guam, home to major American military bases.

Pyongyang's threats to launch four missile strikes near the United States territory has stirred global curiosity in the remote Pacific destination, with it trending heavily on search engines as social media users wondered, "what is Guam?".

American and South Korean officials said they would move forward with large-scale military exercises later this month that North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war.

North Korea said it mastered a crucial technology needed to strike the USA with a nuclear missile.

Since then, North Korea has conducted a torrent of missile tests and two nuclear tests, boosting its efforts to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.

The younger Kim is more determined to intimidate his neighbors than his father was, and is also a lot sassier, handing a threat right back to Donald Trump, whose authoritarian approach seems to have backfired. North Korea won't attack South Korea, Japan, or the USA right now because the consequences would be too great: The small country could be destroyed in retaliation.

The tiny USA territory of Guam feels a strong sense of patriotism and confidence in the American military, which has an enormous presence on the Pacific island.

Though tensions have been building for months amid new missile tests by the North, including the launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile, the pace has intensified since the U.N. Security Council on Saturday passed sweeping new sanctions Trump had requested.

"Everyone is going about doing the same routine, but everyone is talking about the threat", Josie Sokala, who lives in the village of Mangilao on the eastern shore of Guam, said in a message.

Chun, who served as president from 1980 to 1988, published his memoir in April this year, and drew fire for mentioning his government's bloody crackdown on the 1980 pro-democracy uprising in the southern city of Gwangju, as a scheme led by North Korean troops and insisting that he was not involved in the brutal mass killings of Gwangju citizens. Meanwhile, Russia, China and Germany voiced dismay at the escalating rhetoric from Pyongyang and Washington. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" "So there are capabilities in different varying degrees between North Korea and Guam, and the THAAD system happens to be the last in a line or layer of a defensive shield".

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged Pyongyang and Washington to sign up to a previously unveiled joint Russian-Chinese plan under which North Korea would freeze missile tests and the United States and South Korea would impose a moratorium on large-scale military exercises.

SEJONG - S. Korea's overseas direct investment fell slightly in the second quarter from a year earlier due to a drop in investments to China and Vietnam, government data showed Friday.

Seoul is expanding its participation in a nationwide civil defence drill, set to take place on August 23, Shim Kang-cheon, a local Seoul government official, told Reuters.

The U.S. military has said it plans to increase its presence on Guam and will move thousands of U.S. Marines now stationed in Japan to the island between 2024 and 2028.

The United Nations this month tightened sanctions on Pyongyang after it tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles created to carry nuclear warheads to the United States. Since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, the largest and southernmost island in the Mariana Islands archipelago has been an essential part of USA power projection.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no military solution to the dispute, adding that "an escalation of the rhetoric is the wrong answer". The U.S. has declined.

Trump said hours later, "Let her speak for Germany". Al-Qaida attacked the US on September 11, 2001, launching the forever war against terrorism.

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