N.Korean leader briefed on missile-launch plan

N.Korean leader briefed on missile-launch plan

N.Korean leader briefed on missile-launch plan

"The Guam airbase which North Korea is planning to attack is also covered by USA anti-missile defense", he said.

Under the orders of leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea has been testing missiles at an unprecedented pace since past year and last week said it was developing a plan to land missiles near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

The two leaders also shared the opinion that China and Russian Federation have important roles to play in applying global pressure on the North. Abe, however, noted that "dialogue for the sake of dialogue is meaningless". The U.S. Navy has also stationed destroyers and cruisers in Japan that are capable of destroying missiles from North Korea shortly after they are launched. For now, he will watch the USA, but ordered the army to be ready to strike 'at all times, ' KCNA report said.

"I think Guam is being used as a kind of pawn in this game", said Robert Underwood, president of the University of Guam.

Still, Mr Bermudez, said, North Korea is "on track" to figure it out.

Speaking Tuesday, South Korea President Moon Jae-in appeared to down play Mattis' comments, pointing out the United States would need its approval before launching any attack on North Korea.

"It's not that I'm over here - Dr Strangelove", he said, but "you don't shoot at people in this world unless you want to bear the consequences".

"It's not only in the interests of America and its allies, but also China and Russian Federation to see this fellow does not continue in his effort towards nuclearization or longer-range missiles", he said.

Mattis was asked whether decisions had already been made about how to respond in the event a North Korean missile lands in the waters off Guam.

The sharp increase in tensions rattled financial markets and prompted warnings from US officials and analysts not to engage in rhetorical slanging matches with North Korea.

Trump replied, "We'll see how it all works out, and you're not going to have a problem".

"We are with you 1,000 percent", Mr. Trump said in the call to the governor of Guam.

Officials have expressed confidence that the U.S. military and its multi-layered missile defense system that operates throughout Asia will protect them.

Guam, the Pacific island that is a U.S. territory and home to a United States bases and around 6000 USA military personnel, posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack.

"I'm quite confident that he will continue to try to develop his missile program, so it wouldn't surprise me if there was another missile test", Pompeo said.

Pyongyang's plans to fire missiles near Guam prompted a surge in tensions in the region last week, with U.S. President Donald saying the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" if North Korea acted unwisely.

As the sole remaining Cold War ally of the communist North, China holds unparalleled influence over Pyongyang. Kim even called Trump a man who was "going senile" and said that Trump was a guy who was "bereft of reason". Analysts said that a wide swath of the continental United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, could be within reach of those missiles, once they're perfected.

Japan's defence chief and foreign minister will meet their United States counterparts on Thursday to reaffirm Washington's commitment to defending Japan, including the use of its nuclear deterrent, as threats from North Korea intensify. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on August 5. The heightened military activity on the peninsula this time is a concern because it could increase the possibility of a mishap or an overreaction of some sort by either side that could spin into a more serious escalation.

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