Friday, 18 August, 2017

Trump threatens North Korea after nuclear revelation

Trump threatens North Korea after nuclear revelation Trump's 'fire and fury' parallels North Korean rhetoric
Frank Williams | 09 August, 2017, 17:29

"North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States", the president warned, responding to a question during a brief press availability at his Bedminster Golf Club, where he's spent the last several days.

The governor of Guam said on Wednesday North Korea's warning of a possible missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory was no threat and the island was prepared for "any eventuality", with defences strategically placed to protect its people.

In November 2010, the North attacks a front-line island, killing four South Koreans.

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, told CNN's Erin Burnett that a preemptive strike against the North Korean regime would require Congress' approval.

Nearly two-thirds of those polled, 62%, say Kim Jong Un's isolated dictatorship poses a deep threat to the USA, up from 48% who said the same in March and the highest that figure has been in polling dating back to 2000. "And there are cases where they (have) made a specific threat and carried it out". It was the longest, and farthest ballistic missile test in the history of North Korea, officials told Fox News at the time.

The North Korean foreign minister also said Monday that the country is totally unwilling to "put the nukes and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table".

They hold the US partly responsible, saying Trump's heated rhetoric is fueling the flames. The risk now is the tough talk leading to war.

Despite the advance, North Korea still must overcome technical hurdles before it can claim to have perfected its nuclear weapons technology. Before taking office, he pledged to prevent North Korea from developing an ICBM: "It won't happen", he wrote on Twitter.

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Pressed on whether this was a leak, Ms Haley said: "It's one of these things I don't know what's going on. I will tell you it's incredibly unsafe when things get out into the press like that".

The war of words between Washington and Pyongyang is intensifying, with North Korea saying this week the US would face revenge and "pay dearly", for leading United Nations sanctions against the regime.

Even so, the competing threats and Trump's use of North Korea-style rhetoric - Pyongyang has long vowed to reduce Seoul to a "sea of fire" - raise already high animosity and heighten worries that a miscalculation might spark conflict between the rivals. The war stalemated for several years, with both sides - the North backed by China and the south backed by the US - near the 38th parallel.

News' source cautioned that, while the ability to miniaturize is a crucial milestone in North Korea's capability to build a nuclear weapon, the assessment does not mean the country has yet fielded a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. It stems from the brutality of the Korean War. He adds, "Inflammatory rhetoric on both sides will make that more likely".

Beijing has maintained a clear and consistent position on North Korea for months, calling on multiple occasions for Pyongyang to halt its nuclear weapons program in exchange for the USA and South Korea holding off on military drills.

Trump spoke hours after reports indicated North Korea can now Wednesday nuclear warheads with its missiles, including its longest-range missiles that may be able to hit the American mainland.

- They also followed threats by Pyongyang to "make the USA pay dearly" for helping spearhead the passage of new United Nations sanctions against the country in response to two recent missile tests.

North Korea watchers have long maintained that a war between the United States and North Korea is unlikely, largely for two reasons.

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