Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Guam still attracting tourists despite North Korean tensions

Guam still attracting tourists despite North Korean tensions

Tensions on the Korean peninsula appeared to calm down this week after Trump praised Kim for waiting to fire missiles over Japan into waters near Guam.

Military analyst Reid Kirby, commented in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which is behind the Doomsday Clock, that chemical warfare is even more terrifying because the weapons are in endless supply.

He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from Trump to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang could lead to real fighting, that there would be no second war on the Korean Peninsula. Also, Maryland's Democratic Sen.

Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan's "peace through strength" approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood up to the blustering despot and forced him to back down from his threat to launch missiles at Guam. In April, Trump approved the 59-missile strike on a Syrian-government airfield and used the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the American arsenal in Afghanistan.

The U.S. has been burned before when it suspended military exercises. Yet no additional bombers-particularly the B-1B, with its ability to hurl 24 JASSM-ER cruise missiles at a time at enemy targets-have been deployed to Guam.

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The U.S. military would be able to determine if a North Korean missile is headed toward Guam "within moments", he said, because of spy satellites, radars and other high-tech sensors that track missile launches.

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, told reporters that President Donald Trump directly has "told us to develop credible viable military options and that's exactly what we're doing".

The best news in the last few days was that China has made clear that if North Korea attacks its neighbours, China will stay neutral. But despite the country's claims, he says it doesn't have a missile to hit the United States mainland.

It's safe to say that war has not been, and never will be, a good idea from an economic perspective.

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Guam is home to USA military bases, including an estimated 6,000 troops, and it hosts the Air Force's B-1B strategic bombers, a Navy submarine base and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile interceptors.

"Deterrence is not desirable", said Jeffrey A. Bader, an Asia expert who worked on former President Obama's National Security Council staff. "He's a very cautious man". He has ordered the use of force. "So it's not bluster, with all due respect to the president".

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

"They know what they need to do", she said. "And there could be a miscalculation, which is one of the greatest drivers of warfare".

Mattis was ambiguous as to how Washington would respond if Pyongyang launched a missile toward Guam as a show of force, and it landed far offshore. We hope to see the relevant sides "extinguish fire" through their words and actions instead of "adding fuel" amid tensions.

Then there is China, which is aggressively expanding its influence both in disputed waters of the South China Sea and on smaller islands near Guam and the other USA territories of American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.

"The most important task at hand is for the US and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an 'August crisis, '" Wang was quoted as saying in the Tuesday conversation.

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