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Who's really upping the ante on North Korea

12 August 2017, 07:38 | Terri Saunders

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It is in the joint interests of China and the United States to maintain peace on the Korean peninsula and to achieve its de-nuclearization, Xi said, it added.

During the election campaign, Trump repeatedly blustered that he had a plan to deal with countries like North Korea.

They hope the American people will be so terrified by North Korean ICBMs that the USA will not honor its security guarantees and withdraw from the nuclear firing-line into isolationism. Authors expressed deep concern over threats of war, and named the President of the United States as an unhelpful force. And he's not going to threaten South Korea. China accounts for fully 90 per cent of North Korea's trade and has backed harsh UN Security Council sanctions estimated to slash the nation's foreign earnings by a third.

President Trump's latest outburst - that the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" ready to deal with North Korea - came just hours after his Defence Secretary Jim Mattis attempted to cool tensions by saying that diplomatic efforts were succeeding. As has been the case nearly every week since Donald Trump was inaugurated, we need to stop and figure out how we got here. "I think you'll see some very strong things taking place, if they don't get in compliance".

North Korea threatened this week to launch a missile at the waters near Guam - a US territory in the Pacific some 4,000 miles west of Hawaii.

Former national security adviser Susan Rice said Thursday the United States should rule out a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, casting President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" comments as risky.

Of course, if the U.S. determines that North Korea has launched a missile targeting the United States, the President would have to decide whether to retaliate.

On the one hand, China says that North Korea should not make any reckless moves and if Pyongyang launches aggression Beijing will not come to help.

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Guam is home to several bases for US armed forces, including the Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Robert Carlin, former chief of the Northeast Asia Division at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, characterised it more as posturing than a threat to actually strike Guam even with conventional weapons, which would likely lead to a significant military response from the US.

Immediately, move more THAAD interceptors to South Korea, more Aegis anti-missile ships around North Korea and in the Gulf of Mexico, strengthening US missile defenses.

Speaking from New Jersey Thursday afternoon while seated next to National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Vice President Mike Pence, President Trump told reporters North Korea will face consequences should they follow through with threats to attack Guam. "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said.

He spoke as North Korea accused him of "driving" the Korean peninsula to the "brink of a nuclear war".

Trump said the United States would "always consider negotiations" with Pyongyang, but faulted three of his predecessors, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, on their approach to North Korea.

They warned the escalating war of words could risk a miscalculation that could result in conflict far beyond the scale of the 1950-53 Korean War, which claimed the lives of millions of Koreans, tens of thousands of Chinese and Americans and thousands from US allies like Britain. "Please say hello to the people of Guam".

Trump again reassures Calvo, saying, "We'll see how it all works out but you're not going to have a problem". It has a strategically located US air base, a Navy installation that includes a submarine squadron, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6,000 USA military service members.



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