Japan to extend missile shield after N. Korea threatens Guam

Japan to extend missile shield after N. Korea threatens Guam

North Korea's military leadership is fast approaching a self-imposed mid-August deadline to present its marshal and supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, with plans to fire missiles into the waters around the US territory of Guam - a detailed threat of intentional provocation that has brought the region to the point of crisis.

"If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack. they can be very, very nervous", Trump said in response to a question about North Korea's threat. I hope your Unfounded series will address this in a later edition.

It's all the more exceptional for little-known Guam to break into the nightly news. US President Donald Trump tweeted Friday.

The tough talk capped a week in which long-standing tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over.

The Air Self-Defense Force's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system will likely be deployed in the western prefectures of Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi, which North Korea said its missiles could cross over, as well as Ehime, the officials said. The talks have expanded to address the deterioration of the relationship.

But Daniel Russel, until April the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, said this so-called New York channel had been a relatively commonplace means of communication with North Korea over the years, and was not a forum for negotiation.

In a letter released Friday they said staying the executions would "correct a great injustice". Then, in signature Trump fashion, the president added that Guam could soon see a "tenfold" increase in tourism.

He said that millions of Americans supported him because "finally we have a president that's sticking up for our nation and frankly sticking up for our friends and our allies". It would not be the first time a world leader has started a foreign conflict to distract from problems at home. Such declarations, however, don't indicate a new, more aggressive posture. North Korea is able to make one that weighs between 1,100 and 1,300 pounds, or between 500 and 600 kilograms.

A White House statement said the US and China agreed North Korea must stop "provocative and escalatory behaviour". He also brushed away calls for caution from world leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel.

Of course, Guam has also been reminding its 160,000 residents that, despite there being "no threat to our island", in the event there is a nuclear explosion nearby, they should not risk blindness by looking directly at the flash or fireball, nor should they use hair conditioner afterwards, since that would bind radioactive material to their hair.

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Will the crisis just continue?

The answer is Seoul, the thriving capital of South Korea.

"Preparation for attack? I'm doing it!" he said, pointing to a grill he was readying for burgers and hot dogs.

Pool duty, said Anita Kumar, one of my colleagues from McClatchy Newspapers, is "the best and worst job".

"Hopefully it will all work out", Trump said Friday. "Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump".

Speaking to Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, he promised: "You are safe. We are with you a thousand percent".

Intelligence officials have told me in recent months that this threat remains very real. But we will see what happens. He asked not to be named.

As every expert with two foreign policy bones to rub together has already written this week, there is no available military action against North Korea that isn't a terrible option.

Yun and his counterpart have discussed the other Americans still being held. North Korea claims they're a rehearsal for war. You are on an island surrounded by water, so it's not as if you can travel across a country and out of the way of impending doom.

That is a bold message that should give pause to both Pyongyang and Washington. Any order by the president could be executed quickly.



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