Despite heated rhetoric, USA and North Korea aren't ready for war

17 August, 2017, 13:37 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspecting the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12.   Thomson Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has called its ambassadors from China, Russia and the United Nations for a joint meeting to discuss the threats issued by President Donald Trump and hence the escalation with United States.

Donald Trump has issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the U.S. military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against American territories or allies.

I am quite sure that Americans learned from that terrible previous war in Korea, so would be very reluctant to start again.

Meanwhile talks between senior U.S. and North Korean diplomats continue through a back channel previously used to negotiate the return of Americans held in North Korea.

"We think that the North Korean government has not been behaving properly and I hope they respond to the pressure from the United Nations".

The passing of the deadline without a missile launch could ease tensions that have been ratcheted up as President Trump and North Korea have traded threats.

Trump said he would unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" on North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States.

North Korea is now poised to officially become a nuclear power after it was able to successfully produce a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can be placed inside missiles, according to US intelligence officials.

Dubbed the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the 10-day annual exercises begin on August 21 and are nearly certain to antagonize Pyongyang, which believes they are a rehearsal for an invasion.

The Washington Post reported this week that the US Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korea has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be put atop an ICBM.

North Korea says it won't test-fire ballistic missiles near Guam at this time. The liquid-fuel missile is created to be fired from road mobile launchers and has been previously described by North Korea as built for attacking Alaska and Hawaii. North Korean state-controlled media released pictures of their leader surrounded by army generals, intent on studying a much-advertised plan to hit waters near the island of Guam with four ballistic missiles. The military has made no significant movement of troops or equipment in recent days to prepare to fight North Korea. In July, South Korea's Unification Ministry offered to conduct peace talks between the militaries of the North and South.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said his nation will do "all it can" to prevent violence from breaking out on the Korean Peninsula.

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