North Korea cancels missile strike near USA island of Guam

Claudine Rigal
Août 16, 2017

Following North Korea's threat this week to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles towards Guam, President Trump spoke with the us territory's governor over the phone on Friday.

Mr Trump issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the U.S. military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against American territories or allies.

Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also said during a visit to South Korea on Monday that the USA wants to peacefully resolve the deepening stand-off with North Korea.

The announcement appeared shortly after Defense Secretary James N. Mattis warned that an attack could quickly escalate to war, although it's unclear if they were linked. He said: 'We are with you a thousand percent.

Last week, President Donald Trump also warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he "will truly regret it" if he continues to threaten the USA and its allies.

"Military action on the Korean Peninsula can only be decided by South Korea and no one else can decide to take military action without the consent of South Korea", said Moon in televised comments.

In a continuing war of words between Pyongyang and Washington, Kim said the United States "should stop at once arrogant provocations against the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)", the report said.

Kim visited the Korean People's Army as the self-imposed mid-August deadline for a missile demonstration approached, the Korean Central News Agency reports. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen", he said.

There is no military solution to the North Korea nuclear issue. North Korea said last week it is considering launching four missiles to land just short of Guam.

The statement was issued after a meeting of a key European Union panel which agreed the bloc would reach out to the two Koreas, the United States, China, Russia and Japan.

The two leaders discussed the "increasingly risky situation" regarding the North during the call, a White House official confirmed. It remains unclear if Mattis meant that even missiles intended to land near Guam would also draw a full U.S. retaliation.

He added: "We can not play fast and loose with nuclear weapons and nuclear threats because do you know what - a nuclear explosion doesn't stop at national borders, it doesn't stop at the vicinity where the bomb drops".

He said his South Korean government "will put everything on the line to prevent another war in the Korean Peninsula".

Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the "seeking a peaceful resolution to the crisis".

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