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North Korea backs off threat to attack Guam

North Korea backs off threat to attack Guam

"In order to defuse the tensions and prevent the risky military conflict on the Korean peninsula, it is necessary for the U.S.to make a proper option first and show it through action, as it committed provocations after introducing huge nuclear strategic equipment into the vicinity of the peninsula", KCNA cited Mr. Kim as saying.

The missile plans were previously announced.

In order to defuse tension on the Korean Peninsula and prevent a military conflict between the North and the United States, Kim was said to have advised Washington to "make a proper option first and show it through action".

We can't say exactly what led to Kim's decision, but a couple of important developments have happened since the initial threat against the USA island.

Kim Jong Un was briefed on Monday on the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA)'s plan to attack the US territory of Guam, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Tuesday.

He ordered the army to be ready to launch the missiles if he made a decision for action, the report added.

That could refer to the U.S.

The drills are intended as a show of U.S. military strength to the North and provoke fury in the isolated one-party state.

Some analysts think Kim is now waiting to see if the USA also de-escalates.

"We will defend the country from any attack at any time from any quarter", he said.

Moon said his government shares a view with Washington that the objective of strong sanctions and pressure against North Korea is to draw Pyongyang to negotiations.

USA observation satellites have apparently spotted North Korean missiles being moved into position for what may be another launch - a move that may further escalate the already volatile situation in the region.

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In the wake of this weekend's violence, "you may see courts sympathetic to institutions being able to rein this in", he said . Pete. "Is Donald Trump one of the major causes of that? That puts a much different dynamic in it for law enforcement".

Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reaffirmed the USA commitment to protect South Korea after a meeting with President Moon Jae-in, spokesman Park Su-hyun told reporters in Seoul on Monday.

The top U.S. military officer says the United States wants to peacefully resolve a deepening standoff with North Korea but is also ready to use the "full range" of its military capabilities in case of provocation.

US President Donald Trump has declared his military locked and loaded and ready to unleash fire and fury if Pyongyang continues to threaten America or its allies, with the US ready to take out any missile heading towards Guam.

It was the latest twist in Pyongyang's threatening of Guam, which began August 9 when the country threatened to fire a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile near the American island in the Western Pacific, which hosts strategic USA military bases.

The plans are based on the Hwasong-12, a new missile the country successfully flight-tested for the first time in May.

On Monday, there may have been a commemorative event at Mount Paektu, a dormant volcano situated along the China-North Korea border that is also the official designated birthplace of Kim Jong Il.

They have already done two in July, has also advanced Mike Pompeo, in reference to the two test-firing of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) carried out by the regime in July. They said China needs to be on board for effective economic leverage.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was asked whether he believed Kim was holding off on a missile launch targeting Guam and what the US would do if such a launch took place.

Kim also warned that the US should not test North Korea's self-restraint.

On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the crisis was approaching a critical juncture and urged all sides in the standoff to help "put out the flames" and not add fuel to the fire. "The issue on detained Americans is not an object to discuss in view of the present atmosphere of DPRK-U.S. relations", the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

Pyongyang may be emphasizing the "international" character of the event, by inviting more than "200 foreigners with friendly ties to North Korea", Japan's Kyodo News reported Monday.

"In order to defuse the tensions and prevent the unsafe military conflict on the Korean peninsula, it is necessary for the U.S.to make a proper option first and show it through action", North Korean state media explained Tuesday.


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