North Korea Stands Down On Threat To Guam

Kelly Massey
August 17, 2017

"The most important task at hand is for the USA and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent the emergence of an 'August crisis, '" Wang was quoted as saying in the Tuesday conversation.

In his first public appearance in about two weeks, Kim inspected the command of the North's army on Monday, examining a plan to fire four missiles aimed at landing near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, the official KCNA news agency reported.

Gov. Ray Tenorio said officials of the USA territory were happy that the reherotic from Kim Jong-un had calmed down in recent days.

The KCNA report Tuesday said Kim had "examined the (strike) plan for a long time and discussed it with the commanding officers in real earnest".

The latest missile tests led to a sharp rise in tensions.

President Donald Trump says in a tweet that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "made a very wise and reasonable decision" amid indications his country has decided not to proceed with its multiple missile launch toward Guam.

"One president (Obama) said it one way, cool and calmly with a period..." "The bottom line is we will defend the country from attack".

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While Mr Trump's critics accuse him of inflaming tensions with Pyongyang, Guam Governor Eddie Calvo said he was grateful the U.S. leader was taking a strong stance against North Korean threats against his Pacific homeland.

File photo taken in October 2015 shows a large missile believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile in a military parade at Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square.

China's foreign ministry on Monday reiterated its "suspension for suspension proposal" where North Korea stops its missile tests in exchange for a freeze on military exercises by the US and South Korea, according to the BBC.

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

"We continue to be interested in trying to find a way to get to dialogue but that's up to him", Tillerson added, Efe reported.

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, on Monday met with senior South Korean military and political officials and the local media, seeking to ease anxiety while showing his willingness to back Trump's warnings if need be.

In an August 7 phone conversation, South Korean President Moon Jae-in asked his USA counterpart, President Donald Trump, to revise the guidelines and allow for the development of payloads of up to 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds).

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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