Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

Aug 19, 2017, 06:47
Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

The exercises have taken on greater significance this year due to the rise in tensions around North Korea's rapid progress in developing nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, shakes hands with China's Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Fan Changlong, at the Bayi Building in Beijing, China, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.

US President Donald Trump warned North Korea last week it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the US, prompting North Korea to say it was considering plans to fire missiles towards Guam.

Russian Federation joined with China on August 17 in urging the United States not to take military action against North Korea, saying the escalating threats of war being traded between Washington and Pyongyang could reach the "point of no return".

North Korea test-launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, each of which landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone. Now, the highlight of the afternoon was when the President mentioned that North Korea is nearing the so-called "red line" which will lead him to shift away from his policy of engagement with Pyongyang.

Bannon's comments in his interview with The American Prospect appeared to call bluff on Trump's tough talk to North Korea last week. "North Korea must stop its unsafe actions as we work to maintain security and denuclearise the Korean peninsula", he said. Much of the discussion focused on North Korea, which also poses a threat to Japan.

The Korean Peninsula has been locked in a cycle of military tensions since the 1950-1953 Korean War, which ended in an armistice.

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"In light of the threat of North Korea, the four of us confirmed the importance of the unwavering U.S. commitment to extended deterrence", Onodera said.

The separate statements from Moscow and Beijing came as US military leaders said once again that they have prepared military "options" if negotiations over eliminating North Korea's nuclear weapons program fail.

Guterres also conceded the role of North Korea in precipitating the crisis, saying that it started with Pyongyang building up its nuclear and missile programmes.

But fears of conflict remain as the US and South Korea next week begin military drills that the North views as preparation for invasion, and as Washington seeks to stop the North's progress toward having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the continental United States. The drills will begin later this month.

Perry is an expert on nuclear war and says the North already has more than a dozen nuclear weapons.

But North Korean media reported on Tuesday that Kim had delayed the decision while he waited to see what the United States did next.

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