The Soap Box: Nuclear brinkmanship between Trump and Kim continues

North Korea's Nuclear Threat Doesn't Phase Samsung's Shareholders

North Korea's Nuclear Threat Doesn't Phase Samsung's Shareholders

United States military forces "stand ready" to safeguard Guam after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles toward the American Pacific island territory, the White House said early Saturday.

So it is worth noting that Conyers has taken a lead in organizing congressional opposition to Trump's bombastic threats about unleashing "fire and fury" on North Korea.

Some analysts expect the tensions to escalate in the coming days as both North and South Korea celebrate the August 15 anniversary of the end of Japan's occupation of the Korean Peninsula. While the USA has long had the resources in the region to strike North Korea at short notice, it does not appear to be sending in more military hardware or troops as might be expected if preparing for a conflict.

Mattis underlined that he wanted to "stay right there right now" and warned that the cost of conflict could be "catastrophic", but also said that when it comes to the USA military, "we are ready".

Calling out unstable North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a recipe for disaster.

It is important that the USA does not push North Korea into a dead end so they feel they are left with no options. No doubt, the country's nuclear missile development has progressed at a faster pace than anticipated by the US government.

"Fire and fury" has become "locked and loaded" as President Donald Trump's warnings against North Korea's threats to US military installations and its nuclear ambitions continue. "And we should be prepared too". The U.S. orchestrated the unanimous adoption of the resolution in response to the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.

Japan, anxious its ballistic missile defenses could be overwhelmed by swarm attacks or circumvented by warheads launched on lofted trajectories, is likely to acquire a ground-based version of the Aegis missile defense system.

The root cause of the problem lies with North Korea. "The focus will primarily remain upon bolstering defensive rather than offensive capabilities", said Reed Foster, a defense analyst for IHS Jane's. We should be aware of the possibility of conflict, especially the increased potential for escalation with the disjointed Trump administration, but I'm certainly not stocking up on canned goods any more than I normally do. USA bombers have flown over the Korean Peninsula several times to show American strength after Pyongyang's missile tests.

An official at Japan's Ministry of Defense told CNN the country was deploying a US-supplied land-based missile interception system, known as a PAC-3, to four different locations, including three named by North Korean state media as under the flight path of the proposed strike at Guam. But despite the alleged madness of North Korea's leaders, it's worked.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis later tempered Mr Trump's harsh words, saying the US still preferred a diplomatic approach to the North Korean threat.

For now, officials are instead focused on changing the missile guidelines, which allow Seoul to have ballistic missiles with a flight range capped at 800 km (497 miles), topped with a maximum 500 kg (1,102 pounds) warhead. It's been reported the White House is quietly engaging in back channel diplomacy with North Korea and China to deescalate the current situation.

This is not to say the North Koreans weren't thrown off by Mr. Trump's comments. All spring and summer, students are taken by bus to the museum for field trips meant to scare them into hating and fearing the United States.

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