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North Korea backs off threat to attack Guam

North Korea backs off threat to attack Guam

North Korea announced on Tuesday that, as promised, its military presented leader Kim Jong-un with plans to fire missiles into the sea near the USA territory of Guam.

North Korea's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards Guam while he waits to see what the United States does next, the North's state media said on Tuesday, as South Korea's president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means.

Last week, North Korea detailed a specific plan to fire four missiles into the waters around the island which is home to 162,000 people and hosts two U.S. military bases, the Guardian reported.

"He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely unsafe reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared, warning the USA that it should think reasonably and judge properly not to suffer shame that it is hit by the DPRK again".

"The army north korea had announced last week that it would finalize, by mid-August a detailed plan to launch four missiles, which, after flying over the Japan would shoot down to 30 or 40 kilometers of Guam" in order to send a "warning critical" in the United States.

Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific, has emerged as a major security issue following North Korea's threats to shoot ballistic missiles into nearby waters, the Korea Herald has reported quoting Yonhap.

North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un has been shown plans to fire missiles into waters near United States military bases and "wring the windpipes of the Yankees".

Eddie Calvo, who said he felt "safe and confident" after speaking on the phone with President Trump last week, said on Monday he believed the president's "strong stance" on North Korea was what the isolated regime would respond to. "The other said fire and fury with an exclamation point, but it still leads to the same message", Mr Calvo said.

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Experts say the crisis in the Korean Peninsula can only be solved diplomatically so that it will not end up in another war in the region.

"We have not seen that yet", added Nauert, citing North Korea's several nuclear tests previous year and two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in the last month alone.

But the United States says its on him to cool the growing tensions.

Tensions have increased as North Korea advanced toward being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear-armed missile. The U.S. has long maintained that the North must show some tangible commitment to denuclearization before official talks can begin-a pre-condition rejected by Pyongyang.

"He presides over one of the most misbegotten regimes in the world that has an economy one fortieth the size of South Korea's", Pollack said of Kim. However, the US government said that option was a non-starter and planned to move ahead with joint exercises in South Korea next week. "For us that is war", Mattis said.

Kim warned, however, that if the US acts proactively, he may reconsider the decision.

North Korea has nuclear weapons and is developing various missile programs, all in violation of several resolutions of the security Council of the UN.


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