Published: Thu, August 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump's loose lips could sink us all - Trudy Rubin

Trump's loose lips could sink us all - Trudy Rubin

The North's official KCNA news service, for its part, accused Trump in an editorial of "driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war", calling the U.S. "the heinous nuclear war fanatic".

Amid all the issues people are facing in Richmond and elsewhere, President Trump pushed that question front and center this week.

Janice Furukawa, who has prepared a typhoon emergency kit, said: 'To be honest, I'm more anxious about the projectiles from the typhoons when we get strong winds than whatever projectiles Kim Jong Un says he will launch on Guam'. "We've got 95 per cent occupancy and after all this stuff comes down we're going to have 110 per cent occupancy".

"Well, we're going to do a great job here, don't worry about a thing", Trump replied.

The president also risked alienating adversaries China and Russian Federation, who are viewed as most able to pressure Mr. Kim to abandon his pursuit of a robust nuclear arsenal capable of striking the continental United States. On Thursday, the North said they are "seriously examining" that plan.

During the week, Trump ignored the pleas of allies to tone down his rhetoric. They included the president explaining that his initial warning of delivering "fire and fury" to North Korea - which appeared to evoke a nuclear explosion - was too timid. He said the isolated nation's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against USA territories and allies.

"Well, you know, my critics are only saying that because it's me. It makes me feel pretty good".

"President Trump and President Xi agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior", the readout continued.

If North Korea launches missiles on Guam, it would take only about 14 minutes for the rockets to reach the USA territory, the island's Homeland Security spokeswoman announced.

The fact sheets didn't seem to cause any widespread anxiety or affect day-to-day Guam life. "Take cover behind anything that might offer protection".

According to a confidential assessment last month by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, North Korea has succeeded in producing a miniaturized nuclear warhead that fits inside its missiles - making it entirely possible for Pyongyang to launch a nuclear attack on the continental United States within the next year.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

He later retweeted a posting from US Pacific Command that showed B-1B Lancer bomber planes on Guam that "stand ready to fulfil USFK's #FightTonight mission if called upon to do so".

People watch the news showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch at a railway station in Seoul on February 12, 2017.

"They've improved their missile launch capacity, but that's neither here nor there", he said.

While the prospect of a newly emboldened North Korea has made many Americans anxious, Guam, located 2,200 miles southeast of the rogue state, has lived with the possibility of an attack for far longer. At that time, the US and Russian Federation faced off over the placement of nuclear missiles 90 miles from the USA coast.

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