Trump praises North Korea's Kim for 'wise' decision on Guam

US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. Yonhap
US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford. Yonhap

19 August, 2017

According to the Federation of American Scientists, the United States has about 1,800 nuclear warheads deployed on Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and submarines.

"Basically, the Republic of Korea is the one directly and mostly affected by North Korea's nuclear and missile issues", Moon said.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and their Japanese counterparts agreed at a meeting in Washington on Thursday to work more closely on North Korea. North Korea simply lacks the capability to do so in a way that wouldn't open it up to global embarrassments, such as the missiles failing or being shot down by the US. "And that is why we must prevent North Korea's additional provocations". It has made strides in long-range missile technology and tested a first ICBM, the Hwasong-14, in July.

Perry is an expert on nuclear war and says the North already has more than a dozen nuclear weapons.

The warning came from North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador Kim In Ryong in the transcript of his conversation with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday. Guam is about 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) from Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.

- Pyongyang's conventional forces rely on obsolete equipment.

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Dunford says: "As long as the threat in North Korea exists we need to maintain a high state of readiness to respond to that threat".

The top USA general and his Japanese counterpart have agreed to work together to strengthen missile defenses for Japan, as Tokyo announced that they will introduce the land-based Aegis Ashore system for additional protection against the North Korean missile threat. A SEAD campaign uses air strikes, artillery, missiles, or all the options, to destroy an enemy's anti-aircraft defences.

The United States has been hoping China can press the North to rein in its weapons programs, something the top US general reiterated in talks in Beijing this week.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, offered the suggestion Thursday amid growing concerns surrounding North Korea's nuclear capabilities amplified by recent threats directed toward Guam, a US territory only minutes away by missile.

"I'm reasonably confident in the ability of our intelligence community to monitor the testing, but not the deployment, of these missile systems. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

"As long as the US hostile policy and nuclear threat continue, [Pyongyang] will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiation table", North Korea's United Nations Ambassador Ja Song Nam told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a telephone conversation, according to North Korea's UN mission. "I do not necessarily believe that showed his determination to take military options".

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