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

North Korean tensions put Americans on tiny Guam in crosshairs

North Korean tensions put Americans on tiny Guam in crosshairs

But he stressed the U.S. is pursuing "a very determined diplomatic effort" led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that is coupled with new financial sanctions to dissuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from further provocations.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis also said Thursday that while the U.S. military was "ready" for a confrontation with North Korea, his preference is for a diplomatic solution.

Trump then says, "We're going to do a great job for you".

"I don't see a military solution and I don't think it's called for", Merkel said Friday, declining to say whether Germany would stand with the U.S.in a military conflict with North Korea. But it's not the first time North Korea has hinted at an attack against South Korea and the U.S. In 2013, the North denounced a South Korea-U.S. joint military exercise and threatened to strike Guam and Hawaii with its Musudan medium-range missiles.

Donald Trump has reassured the governor of of Guam that the USA territory is safe, as the Pacific island finds itself at the centre of tensions between North Korea and the US.

Trump has previously said he is "disappointed" China does nothing but "talk" on North Korea and urged the country to do more to halt North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear program.

This week, North Korean officials announced they are planning another missile test. People familiar with the contacts who spoke on condition of anonymity say those discussions have addressed deteriorating relations and issues including three Americans still detained in the North.

Guam is home to around 160,000 people, and houses two U.S. military bases.

From historical point of view, the USA criminal attempt to impose nuclear disaster upon the Korean nation is not of recent occurrence.

The strong tone President Trump took against North Korea that has been bashed by many political commentators in the mainstream media does not seem to bother the Guam governor the least little bit.

North Korea's military had said last week it would finalize and send to Kim for approval the plan to fire four ballistic missiles near Guam, which is about 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) from Pyongyang.

North Korea has always denied any wrongdoing.

The president also saluted Xi for China's recent United Nations vote to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea, in response the country's escalating pursuit of nuclear weapons, according to the White House. To back up its claim, Pyongyang has been relentlessly developing its nuclear and long-range missile capabilities to target the USA mainland.

Tubby tyrant Kim Jong-un gloats as the world reacts to the news of his successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Trump said. He did not specify what they might be. As former NSA analyst John Schindler told PRI, it's much more hard to gather accurate intel on a country with which we have no diplomatic or trade relations, and what's more, the North Koreans know we're spying on them and do what they can to deceive us. "The issue on detained Americans is not an object to discuss in view of the present atmosphere of DPRK-U.S. relations", the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

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