North Korean attack could escalate to war

US, China Presidents Hold Talks to Resolve North Korea Crisis

US, China Presidents Hold Talks to Resolve North Korea Crisis

North Korean president Kim Jong-un reviewed plans to fire missiles towards the United States Pacific territory of Guam but will hold off.

Last week the reports gave the impression that the plans would be put into action more or less immediately on being completed, and a launch was expected mid-week this week.

He added that he was confident North Korea would continue to develop its missile capabilities under its leader Kim Jong-Un, "so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another test".

A Guam official said he was "ecstatic" as North Korea appeared to back away from its threat.

Kim said the U.S. should make the right choice "in order to defuse the tensions and prevent the risky military conflict on the Korean peninsula", the KCNA report said.

Governor Calvo, a Republican, said President Trump was being unfairly criticised over his handling of the North Korea crisis, which escalated when Pyongyang announced plans to launch missiles toward Guam in a "crucial warning".

The crisis amounts to the most direct threat of military confrontation between North Korea and the United States since a brutal war there ended in an armistice along a demilitarized zone in 1953.

Despite the increased tensions and the bellicose rhetoric from Trump and Kim, Pompeo said there was "nothing imminent" for people to worry about and that he had seen "no intelligence" that would indicate the two nations were on the cusp of nuclear war.

Kim also ordered that the military should be "fire-ready", in case he decides to give the order at any moment.

He said previous presidents had also used strong words to warn off Pyongyang, pointing out that former USA president Barack Obama said past year that "we could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals".

Mattis and Tillerson said the United States favors a diplomatic solution to the nuclear stand-off, especially with help from China, though they stressed diplomacy is "backed by military options".

The top Pentagon official said the USA could assess "within moments" whether a missile was sacked from North Korea and that "we will take it out" in that situation.

That would bring relations with the US back to the status quo, but not change things much on the ground in North Korea.

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford has arrived in the region to discuss the current state of affairs; he landed in Seoul to meet with military officials in South Korea as well as the country's President Moon Jae-in.

"US-led regime-change wars and the threat of more to come have made this crisis more unsafe and hard to resolve".

China, the North's closest ally, has urged calm.

"It does worry me sometimes, but it's not the first time we've been threatened by [North Korea]", said island resident Leticia Velasco.

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