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12 Agosto 2017, 02:32 | Crisanna Felipe
Guam residents are fearing for their lives after North Korea threatened to nuke the US island into oblivion
Earlier on Thursday, North Korea dismissed warnings by US President Donald Trump that it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States as a "load of nonsense" and outlined detailed plans on for a missile strike near the US Pacific territory of Guam. There are multiple actions the USA or North Korea could take before, for example, targeting the other with a missile: the US continues to conduct sorties over the Korean peninsula with B-1B Lancer strategic bombers, and North Korea could fire Scud-type missile towards, but not at, Guam. Kim Jong Un is not suicidal.
A survey conducted last year، before tensions began to mount on the Korean Peninsula، indicated that about 57 percent of South Koreans supported the idea of Seoul having nuclear weapons، and 31 percent opposed it.
If North Korea were to actually carry it out - even if it aimed at hitting the waters off Guam and not the island itself - that would clearly pose a potential threat to US territory and put the United States in a much more complicated situation than it has been during previous missile launches.
"It's a clear case of "risk-off" sentiment lifting the yen, as investors focus on the latest developments with North Korea", said Kumiko Ishikawa, FX market analyst at Sony Financial Holdings in Tokyo.
The island's residents are used to threats from North Korea but the hermit state's nuclear advancements have increased concerns. "The maximum allowable amount of talks and negotiations is the best way of resolving tensions". US stock indexes edged lower in early trading Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, pulling back from the market's most recent record highs. "They don't always agree".
It is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) southeast of North Korea, much closer than it is to any of the United States.
He said the North should be "very, very nervous" and that China can do a lot more to deal with the crisis. North Korea has been increasingly sensitive to the exercises lately because they reportedly include training for "decapitation strikes" to kill Kim Jong Un and his top lieutenants.
"It is hard to imagine any real diplomacy kicking in", said Kim Ki-ho, professor of worldwide politics at South Korea's Kyonggi University.
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"In many ways the pattern of belligerent rhetoric and weapons demonstrations is similar to previous years, and - importantly - conflict is still unlikely". Since the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, the largest and southernmost island in the Mariana Islands archipelago has been an essential part of US power projection. -South Korea joint exercises, however, worsen the "atmosphere on the peninsula".
The paper also urged the United States to deploy some of its nuclear weapons to South Korea if it did not want to see a nuclear-armed Seoul.
The words followed an early morning tweet in which Trump declared the USA military is "locked and loaded" if the isolated rogue nation acts "unwisely". During the Vietnam War, tens of thousands of US soldiers were stationed on Guam. Trump has also tried to leverage China, North Korea's only major ally, to get Pyongyang change its behaviour. "We know that any moment, they could send those (weapons). but I think a lot of us in the end are not too anxious".
"I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer", Merkel added.
North Korea's apparently rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland has fuelled tensions that erupted into a war of words between Washington and Pyongyang this week, unnerving regional powers and global investors.
"Whoever issued that threat [in the North] was probably under the influence of rice wine", he said. It generally couches its threats with language stating it will not attack the United States unless it has been attacked first or has determined an attack is imminent. "They're weaker than a mouse before a tiger!"
North Korea Gen. Kim Rak Gyom said Trump is "extremely getting on the nerves" of his soldiers by making comments that showed his "senility" again.
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