CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea

CNMI governor backs Trump's stance on North Korea

Britain has called for a de-escalation of tensions over North Korea's nuclear programme after the regime issued a renewed threat to launch a missile strike on the US Pacific island territory of Guam.

North Korea also rejected the possibility of talks, days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the door was open to dialogue if the North halted its missile tests.

Moon met with his new military chiefs at Cheong Wa Dae and said the task facing South Korea is to "acquire the military capability to respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations".

"I feel that the presence of the military on Guam will help us a lot", said Virgie Matson, 51, a resident of Dededo, Guam's most populated village. The tiny island hosts a U.S. Coast Guard Group, a Navy installation, and an airbase.

Ms. Choo also berated North Korea, calling its plan to target Guam "a delusion that would only bring about its self-destruction".

The KCNA news agency reported that the North Korean military would conclude its plans in mid-August, setting the stage for the country's leader Kim Jong-Un's authorization.

"It was no accident that North Korea threatened to launch four missiles, it deliberately complicates the decisions of US policy makers", he said.

Guam, with an economy that depends on tourism, largely from Japan and South Korea, both of whom also feel threatened by North Korea, now finds itself in the middle after US bombers staged military exercises from here recently. "There are so many sights to be seen", he said. I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island or the Marianas.

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Flatter flight paths could make them more threatening to extended targets, including, it now appears, the area around Guam.

But Mayor Paul McDonald of Agana Heights, Guam, tells NPR that the threat from North Korea - and the fact that Trump is "fighting back with words" - is being taken very seriously by residents.

"It's not something you can do without robust, full support from the South Korean government people, and there's absolutely no sign that South Korea will support military options with North Korea", Delury said.

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Despite its size, it plays an outsized role in US military strategy in the Pacific. Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan. "Certainly they feel more reassured with me than they do with other presidents from the past because nobody's really done the job that they're supposed to be doing". "No missile is going to land on Guam", said Carl Peterson, who serves on the Guam Chamber of Commerce's armed forces committee.

"The Strategic Force is also considering the plan for opening to public the historic enveloping fire at Guam, a practical action targeting the US bases of aggression", the statement said. It's also the closest USA territory to North Korea, about 2,220 miles southeast of it. "We need fewer fiery words and bombastic tweets ... and more effort to work with our worldwide partners to expand missile defense and deterrence and put forward a strategy to roll back North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs".

The way to avert a war with North Korea is to have a conversation, and that's not happening, Hecker said.

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