North Korea ups rhetoric following Trump's threat

Nordkorea Abschottung

Nordkorea Abschottung

A spokesman for the Korean People's Army said in a statement that it was "carefully examining" plans for a missile attack on the U.S. Pacific territory, which has a large U.S. military base.

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo dismissed the threat and said the island was prepared for "any eventuality" with strategically placed defenses.

"It will seek to negotiate directly with the USA", wrote the journalist, now with South Korea's Dong-a Ilbo newspaper, predicting the demands it will make: "The goal of the regime is to receive a guarantee from the us of full security of the regime's own survival, a peace treaty and a large economic support package".

"I'm a little anxious, a little panicked".

"Two years ago a permanent deployment of that missile system was placed on Guam", he said. They are used to the threats from North Korea.

"Trump's comments about North Korea have created nervousness and the fear is if the President really means what he said: "fire and fury", said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Think Markets in London.

In Japan, where debates around possible revisions to the country's pacifist constitution are ongoing, the official response to Trump's comments has so far been muted.

As NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports on All Things Considered, the technology hurdle for Pyongyang is to produce a relatively small, lightweight weapon that North Korean missiles are capable of getting to a target.

"I think a number of observers' fear on this issue, and on a number of issues in this administration, is that perhaps there wasn't a careful consideration of the words of our commander in chief in this instance", said David Pressman, a former deputy US ambassador to the United Nations.

It wasn't clear what threats Trump was referring to when he addressed reporters Tuesday.

Even so, the competing threats and Trump's use of North Korea-style rhetoric — Pyongyang has long vowed to reduce Seoul to a "sea of fire" — raise already high animosity and heighten worries that a miscalculation might spark conflict between the rivals.

The public is split on whether the United States should take military action in response to the country's recent weapons testing and development, and partisan divisions emerge on questions about how the U.S. should respond. "We are not just a military installation", he added. "Everyone's afraid, because we're dealing with powers that's beyond us". He said he had been in touch with the White House and there was no change in the threat level.

"But I have to say, I'm not laughing now", Thompson said.

However, the brothers say they haven't seen anyone panicking or stocking up on supplies.

Guam is about 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers) southeast of Pyongyang and 3,800 miles (6,115 kilometers) west of Honolulu in the Pacific Ocean.

Trump has vowed to answer North Korea "with fire and fury" if Pyongyang continued to threaten the U.S, after the North's military has claimed it was examining plans for attacking the US territory of Guam in the Pacific.

"It's not something you can do without robust, full support from the South Korean government people, and there's absolutely no sign that South Korea will support military options with North Korea", Delury said.

"They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before", said Trump in remarks that seemed more typical of the blasts of rhetoric issued by the North Korean news agency KCNA rather than of a United States president. She added that the U.S. military has repeatedly assured her that Guam will be protected.

"North Korea's most recent threat to target Guam is risky and it further heightens tensions in our region", Bordallo said. "While we have heard threats like this in the past, I take them very seriously".

Guam's Homeland Security Adviser George Charfauros says officials there are confident "the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring this situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness".

Fewer, however, said they saw the country's military and weapons capabilities as a crisis for the United States (32% saw it that way). Everything they have said and done in the last couple years has reinforced this thesis.

A travel agent on Guam said they haven't had a surge of customers seeking to book flights off the island.

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