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To launch or not? Either way, North Korea may gain

16 Août 2017

Mr Tyquiengco said the island, home to more than 160,000 United States citizens, had been assured by officials that it was "safe and protected". Kim appeared in photos sitting at a table with a large map marked by a straight line between what appeared to be northeastern North Korea and Guam, and passing over Japan - apparently showing the missiles' flight route.

On Guam, home to a US air base, a Navy installation, a Coast Guard group and roughly 6,000 USA military personnel, residents expressed some relief at the lessening of tensions.

Noting that the US has heard the same saber rattling from North Korean before, he said: "Now in response, North Korea announced plans to fire missiles that would land just off the coast of the USA territory of Guam, which is frightening - although not unprecedented". China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel its wayward ally to end its nuclear and missile programs.

As America's top military official arrived in South Korea, two of the Trump administration's most senior figures attempted to present a clear, united position on North Korea's ongoing threats.

Kim, who inspected the command of the North's army on Monday, examined the plan for a long time and discussed it with army officers, the official KCNA said in a report. -South Korean military exercises that will begin next week, it could also want to use the launch to show the world what it can do and see what it can get away with.

For his part Trump reached the White House via a career in property development and reality television, followed by an unprecedentedly populist election campaign that upended the United States political establishment.While Kim was a youthful ingenue when he came to power - and remains among the world's youngest leaders - he has now held office for several years, while Trump, a grandfather in his 70s, is in his first political post.

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The report, originally in the Washington Post, was the catalyst for Trump's "fire and fury" rhetoric, which threatened retaliation on Pyongyang should they not cease making threats against the US.

The SDF spokesman said the country's Aegis ballistic missile defense system was deployed in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, but would not give a specific location.

Some analysts suggested Kim's comments opened a possible path to de-escalating a growing crisis fuelled by a bellicose war of words between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leadership.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., welcomed Trump's pugnacious approach, arguing that numerous president's critics failed to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon that could hit the United States.

He later added that the USA would "take it out" if the missile was determined to be headed for any United States territory.

The top US military officer, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, is traveling in Asia and expected to meet with leaders in South Korea, Japan and China.

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North Korea carried out its biggest nuclear test just after last year's UFG drills ended and fired four Scud ER missiles into waters off Japan to coincide with the spring exercises this past March.

'My portfolio, my mission, my responsibility, ' he told a defense industry event in California on Thursday, 'is to have military options if you need it'.

Pompeo declined to say how long it will be before North Korea could carry out such a nuclear attack on the U.S. mainland.

"If the planned fire of power demonstration is carried out as the U.S. is going more reckless, it will be the most delightful historic moment when the Hwasong artillerymen will wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks", the report said.

China's Global Times newspaper, a state-run tabloid, was scathing of South Korea's decision to proceed with the drills.

To launch or not? Either way, North Korea may gain