CIA's Pompeo says no 'imminent' threat of nuclear war

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 15, 2017

"If China wishes to play a more active role in securing regional peace and stability - from which all of us, especially China, derive such great benefit - it must make the decision to exercise its decisive diplomatic and economic leverage over North Korea", the two officials said.

Russian Federation is still hoping "common sense will prevail". Moreover, each of North Korea's nuclear tests over the last decade has been "more powerful than the last, "The New York Times reported".

On Friday, the Japanese yen and Swiss franc both closed stronger, as did the price of gold.

The White House says that Trump - in a phone call Friday to President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) - saluted Xi for China's United Nations vote to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea.

"He said that if the planned fire of power demonstration is carried out as the United States is going more reckless, it will be the most delightful historic moment when the Hwasong artillerymen will wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks, underlining the need to be always ready for launching to go into action anytime once our Party decides", the report said. He was seen golfing on Wednesday, just hours after tweeting reminders to the world that he holds the power to activate America's nuclear arsenal. He later added that the United States would "take it out" if the missile was determined to be headed for any U.S. territory.

"It's not only in the interests of America and its allies, but also China and Russian Federation to see this fellow does not continue in his effort towards nuclearization or longer-range missiles", he said.

When Trump was elected, there was cautious optimism among North Korea watchers that he might be willing to negotiate with Kim Jong Un.

Calvo, a Republican, said Trump was being unfairly criticized over his handling of the North Korea crisis, which escalated when Pyongyang announced plans to launch missiles toward Guam in a "crucial warning".

The upturn in nuclear activity has been seen as autocratic leader Kim Jong-un's attempt to assert himself after a few relatively quiet years since he took over from his father, Kim Jong-il.

And while there's been a lot of talk about B-1B bombers flying pre-emptive strikes against North Korea missile sites over the last few days, an Air Force spokesman told the Times that there have been no B-1 missions to Korea and Japan since August 7.

The op-ed emphasizes that "any attack will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons will be met with an effective and overwhelming response" to North Korea.

With President Trump seemingly ad-libbing threats, it's hard to say.

She warned of the horrors of nuclear confrontation and the consequences it will have on the entire world. He also reminded Speaker Ryan that Congress has a responsibility to de-escalate situations before a nuclear war should occur. Japan started deploying land-based Patriot interceptors after North Korea threatened to send ballistic missiles flying over western Japan and landing near Guam. "This may come as a shock, but the rhetoric doesn't match reality", he said.

Sergey Lavrov also said he would not go into speculations on "what if" or what could happen.

"We ask all Filipinos in Guam and Korea and their families here to inform DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) or our consular officials of their whereabouts", Abella said in a briefing. It is very likely that this will cause a wide variety of responses from other countries' including Japan, China and Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, a Pentagon spokesman said a joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea was expected to start, as planned, on 21 August.

North Korea's confidence blossomed as the global community grew wary of its nuclear capabilities.

Donald Trump's tweets express hope that North Korea will not act unwisely, in addition to issuing the North Korea threat.

DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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