Military 'Locked and Loaded' Should North Korea Take Military Action

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 13, 2017

North Korea said it was finalising a plan to fire medium-to-long-range rockets towards Guam, where USA strategic bombers are based, along with more than 160,000 United States citizens.

A White House statement said the United States and China agreed North Korea must stop "provocative and escalatory behaviour".

The factsheet, issued by Guam's Office of Civil Defence and titled Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat, advises people not to look at the flash of a fireball because it could cause blindness.

The CNN poll, also conducted last week, showed Americans were divided on how to deal with North Korea, with 50 percent of those polled saying they favored military action, and 43 percent saying they opposed it. "It is also mulling the acquisition of munitions that would allow it to strike North Korea missile sites". He expressed disappointment over China not doing enough in this regard in July.

The new punishment could cost North Korea $1 billion a year, and even China voted for the US-drafted proposal. The newspaper said that Beijing should stay neutral if North Korea provoked the Trump into war with a missile attack. The isolated nation, earlier this week, laid out a detailed plan to launch ballistic missiles into waters near Guam, a USA territory. Washington has been repeatedly stating that no option including the use of military force could be ruled out.

"China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the USA retaliates, China will stay neutral", the Global Times, which is widely read but does not represent government policy, said in an editorial.

In response to that fire and fury threat, North Korea said its military is preparing to conduct a test firing of four missiles that would fly over Japan and land in waters near the USA territory of Guam.

Anti-missile systems will also be deployed at three other GSDF bases in western Japan after Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera ordered a higher alert status August 11. He asked not to be named.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also renewed his pledge Saturday morning to prevent any accidents related to the North's warned launch.

South Korea hopes the talks between Trump and Xi will be an opportunity to ease the high tensions and shift the situation into a new phase, South Korea's presidential Blue House was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.

U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this week that the DPRK would be met with "fire and fury" if it continues threats against the U.S. territory. Trump also said the US was considering tighter sanctions against North Korea.

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"Despite attempts by some US officials to calm sentiment, fears of escalating military tension between North Korea and the USA are dominating market attention", Dirk Willer, the head of emerging markets strategy at Citigroup, said in a research note on Friday, reports The New York Times. The North Koreans responded in kind speaking of "an enveloping fire" and their readiness to target our bases, our allies and the U.S.

After a week of tumult, financial markets began to stabilize on Friday. Trump, responding to a report that USA intelligence indicates Pyongyang can now put a nuclear warhead on its long-range missiles, vowed to rain down "fire and fury" if challenged. Chung and McMaster had a telephone conversation to discuss North Korea, presidential spokesman Park Su-hyun said. "North Koreans are not suicidal".

The North said there could never be any humanitarian cooperation, including the reunion of families separated by the Korean War, unless the South unconditionally repatriates them.

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