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Trump says US considering additional sanctions on North Korea

14 August 2017

The North Korea expert said the president's comments reaffirm to the governments of South Korea and Japan, both of which are usa allies, that the U.S.is prepared for a preventative attack against North Korea, "which could trigger an all-out war on the peninsula, which obviously affects them".

Worst of all, if American intentions aren't clear, an attempt to intercept a missile might be misinterpreted by Pyongyang " or Beijing or Moscow " and escalate into a real shooting war.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, among others, depicts North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as rational and conventionally motivated - as trying to leverage his nation's nuclear arsenal and improved missile technology into significant concessions from the United States, South Korea and Pyongyang's other neighbors.

Trump, vacationing at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort, again referred to North Korea's leader in his latest bellicose remarks.

Hours earlier, the President tweeted that military solutions were "locked and loaded" should North Korea "act unwisely". "He just doesn't listen to anybody, and Kim Jong-Un is unpredictable, so you're faced with those serious obstacles".

There are two basic judgments that compel the Kim family to pursue nuclear weapons without worrying much about a possible military attack on North Korea.

North Korea specifically threatened Guam on Wednesday in response to Trump's Tuesday promise to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" upon the rogue nation should they threaten the us again.

"We will see what happens".

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Klingner said that former President Barack Obama was "flat out wrong" when he suggested that North Korea is already that most heavily sanctioned country in the world.

Mr Trump's comments, however, did not appear to be backed by significant military mobilisation on either side of the Pacific, and an important, quiet diplomatic channel remained open.

Merkel called for "very close cooperation" to defuse tensions in the region "particularly by the United States and China but also South Korea and Japan".

"If he utters one threat in form of overt threat - which by the way he's been uttering for years - or if he does anything with Guam or American territory or ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast", the USA president said.

If U.S. territory is threatened, countermeasures are a no-brainer.

Guam governor Eddie Calvo said officials have not raised the territory's threat level despite the threat, and has apparently been assured in a phone call from Mr Trump that Guam is safe.

It also highlights steps for determining what shelters are "safe" - and for removing radioactive material that may accumulate on people's clothes, skin and hair.

"President Trump reiterated to President Macron the United States' commitment to stop the North Korean nuclear menace".

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"I don't feel like North Korea has the targeting capabilities to hit Guam", she said in an email.

Jim Geraghty, writing in the National Review Friday morning, sums it up well: "Begin with the assumption that we do not want to fight a war on the Korean peninsula".

Calling out unstable North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a recipe for disaster.

But Daniel Russel, the former top USA diplomat for East Asia until April, said this so-called NY channel had been a relatively commonplace means of communication with North Korea over the years, and it was not a forum for negotiation. The country, still technically at war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce and not a peace treaty, has deployed the US -built Patriot missile defense system, as well as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.

Distributed by Guam's Homeland Security Department, the guidance comes as President Trump trades increasingly hostile and alarming statements with the regime in Pyongyang, which has said it's developing plans to attack the Western Pacific atoll. Neither the United States nor North Korea has embraced the plan.

As a nation, North Korea doesn't need nuclear weapons to protect its security, but the Kim family needs nuclear weapons for their own safety.

"Unfortunately, the rhetoric in Washington and Pyongyang is now starting to go over the top", Lavrov said on live state television at a forum for Russian students. "We still hope and believe that common sense will prevail".

"Our government must not drag our country into any military action over the Korea crisis, including joint exercises". It test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile twice in July, making it realistic that North Korea will deploy nuclear missiles that have the USA mainland within their range.

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In a readout of the call between Trump and Macron, the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders promised to work together to enforce the new round of sanctions passed by the U.N. Security Council last week.

Trump says US considering additional sanctions on North Korea