As Rhetoric Escalates, What Do We Know About North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal?

13 Août, 2017, 07:27 | Author: Marc Bacque
  • Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews last week. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

"President Trump and President Xi agreed North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behavior".

"It's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries", Trump told reporters in Bedminster, New Jersey on Thursday.

"Trump looks forward to seeing President Xi in China later this year, a meeting that will be a very historic event", the White House said.

Hopefully Kim Jong Un will indeed find another path!

Trump on Friday also retweeted images of U.S. B-1 bombers stationed in Guam.

North Korea has responded in kind, assuring the United States of "total defeat" in the event of a war and claiming it is preparing for an attack on the American military base in Guam in mid-August.

Related: Why is North Korea threatening Guam?

Trump got a briefing from Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the administration's workforce development policies and apprenticeship initiative.

"We're too close for comfort", says Francesca Ballendorf, a longtime Guamanian.

Pyongyang has laid out plans to strike near the US territory of Guam.

Trump, Xi agree North Korea must stop its provocations: WH
A state-run Chinese paper said today Beijing is warning against a pre-emptive strike by the U.S. The two countries narrowly avoided a nuclear war. "Maybe it wasn't tough enough ", he said.


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"When President Trump says, 'Go ahead and do what you're gonna do on Guam and see what happens subsequently, ' it causes you to think well, would he say that if Anchorage had that same threat?"

Trump also warned North Korea it should be "very, very nervous" of the consequences if it even thinks of attacking United States soil, after Pyongyang said it was readying plans to launch missiles toward the Pacific territory of Guam.

On the one hand, China says that North Korea should not make any reckless moves and if Pyongyang launches aggression Beijing will not come to help.

Trump also said that his controversial "fire and fury" comments from Wednesday were perhaps "not tough enough" and warned that Pyongyang should be nervous.

There has been an ongoing tension in the region since North Korea has staged two nuclear bomb tests a year ago and launched two intercontinental ballistic missile tests (ICBM) in July in defiance of world powers. President Donald Trump responded by escalating the rhetoric.

"Fight tonight" has long been the motto of U.S. forces in South Korea to show they are always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula. "Fight tonight" has long been the motto of US forces in South Korea to show they are always ready for combat on the Korean Peninsula.

China's state media said Xi told Trump the North Korean nuclear issue required a peaceful resolution through talks.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday that "the risks are very high" that the United States and North Korea could go to war, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said an escalation in language was "the wrong response".

"You and your children need to be off of the roads and in safe locations as soon as possible", the sheet reads. "We are with you a thousand percent".

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