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Minutes from missiles, Guam islanders get to grips with uncertain fate

18 Août 2017

They haven't quelled tensions, but could be a foundation for a more diplomacy, according to US officials and others briefed on the process.

The US Department of Defense reiterated its capability to counter North Korean aggression.

The bedrock of Japan's national security comprises a "shield" and a "pike" based on the Japan-U.S. security alliance.

"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.

"If North Korea launches where they launched the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 28, (Japan) won't be able to reach that far with the Patriot", Bennett said.

"If it (North Korea's ballistic missiles launch) disintegrates atmosphere potentially, it would have shattered debris that may scatter around in the area or its trajectory".

The president also predicted a boom in tourism for the US territory in light of the North Korean threat.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in also weighed in, saying Seoul would avoid a second Korean war at all costs.

Referring to Kim, Trump added: "If he utters one threat. or if he does anything with respect to Guam or any place else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast".

This weekend, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel urged the United States and South Korea to make their planned joint military exercise "as unprovocative as possible". The defense-oriented Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) dedicates itself to being a "shield", while Japan relies on the USA military's massive might to be its "pike".

As U.S. President Donald Trump and his North Korea counterpart, Kim Jong Un continue heated exchanges over a meal of nuclear weapons, reports say sales of bunkers in both locations have spiked recently.

S Korean Leader Prohibits US From Attacking N Korea Without Seoul's Content
The Greens want Australia to postpone its involvement in military exercises in Korea amid escalating tensions on the peninsula. It remains to be seen whether Trump will pick up where he left off Friday and pile more verbal pressure on North Korea .

Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday that a missile attack on the USA territory would breach the US deterrence against an attack on Japan, which would be a national emergency because it threatens Japan's existence as a nation.

Trump said past administrations had not done enough to take on North Korea and that it is time a President "stuck up for the country".

Lobbing missiles toward Guam, a major US military hub in the Pacific, would be deeply provocative from the USA perspective.

The latest Korea Central News Agency report said Kim ordered his military to be prepared to launch the missiles toward Guam at any time.

Launches are detected nearly instantly because the missiles pick up the infrared heat signature of the launch.

Tension on the Korean peninsula had eased slightly earlier on Monday as South Korea's president said resolving North Korea's nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully.

North Korea is angry about new United Nations sanctions over its expanding nuclear weapons and missile program and annual military drills between Washington and Seoul beginning later this month that Pyongyang condemns as invasion rehearsals.

The plan calls for sending 12 rockets over Japan to crash in the waters about 30 miles from Guam, which is 2,100 miles east of the Korean peninsula. "In reality, he can't say a word to Trump over an uncoordinated, excessive comment that threatens to send the Korean Peninsula to the path of war".

"Do not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you", the fact sheet advises those who are caught outside. This might be hard as the United States and its ally South Korea plan next week to start annual defensive military drills that the North claims are preparation for invasion.

"Two years ago a permanent deployment of that missile system was placed on Guam", he said.

A foreign ministry spokesman for the North on Tuesday denied the country is now discussing the detainees with Washington.

Minutes from missiles, Guam islanders get to grips with uncertain fate