Citizens anxious, but Seoul mum on Trump's N. Korea threat


North Korea raised hackles in the United States when it announced a detailed plan to send four missiles over Japan and towards Guam, an island territory in Pacific Ocean of some 165,000 people, where some 6,000 U.S. soldiers are based.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster on Sunday defended President Trump's escalating rhetoric directed at North Korea and said that he does not believe that the United States is any closer to war than it was a week ago.

"I think at some point they're going to say, 'Look, this is not anything different than your flying B-1 bombers over Korea, '" said Robert Carlin, a contributor to the respected 38 North website and former State Department and Central Intelligence Agency analyst.

The regime chose to postpone its planned launch of several intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) into waters off Guam to de-escalate rising tensions between the the North and the USA, but the North has its missile strike plan ready to go.

"Responding to Trump, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo is said to have assured the president that he feels "safe and confident" because he is in the Oval Office in the U.S. On his part, Trump has reassured the Governor that ' we are going to do a great job here" on American soil so there is no cause for Guam to worry.

Lavrov said Russian Federation doesn't accept the North's nuclear weapons bid and pointed at a proposal by China and Russian Federation under which Pyongyang would freeze its nuclear and missile tests while the US and South Korea would halt their military drills.

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Asked Friday about U.S. President Donald Trump's latest statements, Merkel declined to say whether Germany would stand with the case of a military conflict with North Korea.

The report on state news agency KCNA said Kim Jong-un "examined the plan for a long time" and discussed it with senior military officials.

"North Korea's Guam threat was more sophisticated, credible, and coercive than any of the vague warnings Trump made last week".

Japan's defence chief and foreign minister will meet their US counterparts on Thursday to reaffirm Washington's commitment to defending Japan, including the use of its nuclear deterrent, as threats from North Korea intensify.

Dunford, who will also visit Japan and China, stressed that a military solution in North Korea would only be considered when all other options had been exhausted.

Japanese shares rebounded on Tuesday morning, as fears of military conflict between the USA and North Korea appeared to recede.

Korea says it wants to candidly discuss pending issues with NK
According to South Korean President, he rules out USA military actions on the Korean Peninsula without South Korea's consent. Tillerson says: "We continue to be interested in trying to find a way to get to dialogue but that's up to him".

Trump said this week the USA would unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S.

"If (a nuclear attack) were to occur, then you're seeing not only catastrophe in the Marianas, you're not only seeing catastrophe in the Korean peninsula, catastrophe in Japan, but the world".

Instead of looking at what Trump is saying to North Korea, if the Chinese President really wants peace, he needs to go speak some common sense into the North Korean President's idiotic brain.

Merkel called on the U.N. Security Council to continue to address the issue. I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong-un think that he needs to strike first.

The governor of Guam is defending President Trump's tough-talk on North Korea. "Even though all this stuff is going on in the airwaves there has been no added threat level", he said.

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