Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Trump warns NKorea of 'fire and fury' as nuke threat worsens

Trump warns NKorea of 'fire and fury' as nuke threat worsens

Trump has vowed to answer North Korea "with fire and fury" if Pyongyang continued to threaten the U.S, after the North's military has claimed it was examining plans for attacking the US territory of Guam in the Pacific. "I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island", declared the Governor of Guam Eddie Baza Calvo.

US President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" over its nuclear ambitions on Tuesday.

Bordallo issued a statement saying Pentagon officials have assured her that the territory is protected.

His comments came as U.S. intelligence analysts have assessed that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources familiar with the analysis of North Korea's missile and nuclear program.

Tillerson is pointing to new pressure the world is putting on North Korea, including sweeping new U.N. sanctions that the United States orchestrated.

In fact, North Korea's bomb threats came in merely hours after Trump delivered a heated warning.

South Korea and the United States remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

In August past year, the North's Foreign Ministry warned that all USA military bases in the Pacific including Guam would "face ruin in the face of all-out and substantial attack" by the North's military.

Charfauros in his statement Wednesday morning urged calm and said defenses are in place on Guam and its neighboring Pacific islands for threats such as North Korea. And it comes just days after the UN Security Council ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea, targeting about $1 billion of the nation's approximately $3 billion in exports.

Guam residents fear attack after N.Korean threat
Pacific territory missiles was being taken "very seriously" because "we've been living with this for the last few years". North Korea says it has mastered a crucial technology needed to strike the United States with a nuclear missile.

However, its most recent statements suggest that North Korea is taking a more aggressive stance - suggesting that it might attack before the U.S. has a chance to strike. "The CIA director hinted that the U.S. was looking for regime change in North Korea", she said.

Earlier, Pyongyang said it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force in response to any USA military action.

While other technological hurdles remain for North Korea, Kim's weapons program appears to be making progress faster than US intelligence agencies previously forecast.

According to an annual White Paper released by Japan's Defence Ministry on Tuesday, the country's nuclear weapons programme has reached a "new stage".

In a statement carried by state-run news agency KCNA, a Korean People's Army spokesman said the plan would be put into practice at any moment once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision. The U.S. territory is home to Andersen Air Force Base.

Such careful language had been a hallmark of official USA commentary on North Korea for decades, if only to prevent a minor incident touching off a major conflagration. The US ambassador to the United nations said the time for talk is over.

A nuclear expert who has repeatedly visited North Korea's nuclear facilities says he doubts the country is yet capable of attacking the US territory of Guam with medium- to long-range missiles.

The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea to guard against the North Korean threat.

"Today is the day that we can definitely say North Korea is a nuclear power", Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, told USA TODAY. "That might be satisfying at one level, but it takes us down into the mud that we should let Pyongyang enjoy alone", said Paal, who served as a White House official under previous Republican administrations.

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