Experts say Kim Jong-Un doesn't want nuclear war

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 16, 2017

The apparent easing off comes after a war of words between Pyongyang and Washington which stepped up last week.

Donald Trump fire and fury.

"Both the United States and South Korea do not believe North Korea has yet completely gained re-entry technology in material engineering terms", Suh said in remarks televised on Sunday for a Korea Broadcasting System show.

If missiles were fired at USA bases: "I think if they fire at the United States it could escalate to war very quickly".

Kim Jong-un was briefed by military chiefs on its plans to create "enveloping fire" by setting off rockets into the waters a few miles off the American military hub in the Pacific.

However, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford also underlined the USA was ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities in case of provocation.

While noting the economic significance pales in comparison to the humanitarian cost, the report notes the South Korean economy wouldn't be the only one affected.

Kim Dong-yub, a professor and a military expert at Kyungnam University's Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, urged caution in assuming North Korea was bluffing with its missile threats.

Officials have told USA media that spy satellites have observed DPRK mobile missile launcher movement, indicating an intermediate-ballistic missile may be being prepared.

Domestic currencies would also be hit due to reduced trade and capital flight (money leaving the country).

On Friday, the day after Tillerson came home, Trump tweeted that the USA military was "fully in place, locked and loaded" for an attack on North Korea.

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

Pyongyang, which claims the drills are war preparation, says it will be ready to send its Guam missile launch plan to North Korean leader Kim for approval just before or as the drills begin. North Korea's government acquired nuclear weapons in order to secure its own survival, so it should be relatively easy to deter them from using those weapons.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump's national security adviser, tried to provide assurances that a conflict is avoidable, while also supporting Trump's tough talk. They grew to understand the threat of force meant nothing.

It has ignored warnings from the West and from its lone major ally, China, to halt its nuclear and missile tests which it conducts in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The North in turn threatened to test-fire its missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam.

A local news program reporting on North Korea's threats to strike Guam with ballistic missiles.

Tension on the Korean peninsula has risen over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, with North Korea and the United States exchanging a flurry of strong rhetoric, each threatening military action, in recent days. According to news reports from Seoul, Dunford meets Monday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and also is scheduled to visit Japan and China.

"Dear Supreme Leader has spent a long time to review the plan to attack Guam by surrounding it and conferred with the leaders present", reads a translated statement by Yonhap, attributed to KCNA, the state news agency of North Korea.

"Our government will put everything on the line to prevent another war on the Korean Peninsula", Mr Moon said. "Regardless of whatever twist and turns we could experience, the North Korean nuclear program should absolutely be solved peacefully, and the (South Korean) government and the USA government don't have a different position on this".

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