North Korea backs off Guam missile threat: report

Nuclear war between the US and North Korea won't happen for many reasons one being economic

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to his office from Marine One as he returns to the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Aug. 14, 2017.

He rejected suggestions that Trump and the North Korean dictator were as bad as each other when it came to the saber-rattling playing out in the western Pacific.

They also demanded the abolishment of South Korea's "final and irreversible" agreement with Japan, inked in 2015 under the previous Park Geun-hye administration, over the World War II sex slavery issue, under which Tokyo did not accept formal legal responsibility but offered money and an apology for former Korean sex slaves.

"What matters is that if a second conflict (on the peninsula) erupts, that cannot help but lead to a nuclear war", the North's official Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary.

These promises to respect Pyongyang's leadership and the state's function as a buffer state between US-influenced South Korea and Chinese-backed North Korea represent the substance of what China and Kim Jong Un would likely demand from the US in any negotiation.

"If they fire at the United States, it could escalate into a war very quickly", Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters.

But it's a national holiday just the same and could be an opportune moment for the North to make some kind of a move.

"Every North Korean must have seen this photo on TV and newspapers".

"The chances of a missile getting through the various layers of defence, both of US military and our allies, is 0.000001 percent", said Charfauros.

However, the US military sources told CNN that the movement is "not believed to be directly related to the threat issued by North Korea last week to strike the waters near Guam". It is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) southeast of North Korea, much closer than it is to any of the United States.

The American pressures on China have grown in urgency and variety. Protecting the island is the U.S. Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which is used to shoot down ballistic missiles.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece that the United States favors a diplomatic solution to the nuclear stand-off, especially with help from China, though they stressed diplomacy is "backed by military options". This might be difficult as the United States and its ally South Korea plan next week to start annual defensive military drills that the North claims are preparation for invasion. Within 72 hours, 58 Trump-ordered Tomahawk missiles hit the airbase involved, nowhere else.

Kim Dong-yub, a professor and a military expert at Kyungnam University's Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul, urged caution in assuming North Korea was bluffing with its missile threats. It's essential now that the communist regime in Pyongyang understands that nothing can be gained from playing the rogue.

In a statement released last week by the North Korea's KCNA media channel, the dictatorship vowed to mercilessly wipe out the provocateurs making desperate efforts to "stifle" their leader, Kim Jong-un.

The Ministry of Unification's spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said in a press briefing that the meeting may be part of North Korea's regular gathering of ambassadors.

The president also spoke with Gov. Eddie Calvo this past weekend to reassure him and the island that the rest of the U.S.is behind the territory "a thousand percent".

"This is a direct invitation to talk reciprocal constraints on exercises and missile launches", said Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress.

Like two perfidious peas in a pod, North Korea and Iran are sharing their deadly nuclear secrets.

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