Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
Science | By Nancy Frank

North Korean leader says U.S. could defuse nuclear showdown with concrete gestures

North Korean leader says U.S. could defuse nuclear showdown with concrete gestures

On Monday, the Pentagon made clear that a Pyongyang missile fired at the United States would be considered a declaration of war.

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.

News agencies quoted him as saying he would observe the "foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees" a little more before deciding whether to order a test launch.

China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, has repeatedly urged Pyongyang to halt its weapons program and at the same time urged South Korea and the United States to stop military drills to lower tensions.

South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk highlighted doubts about North Korea's claims about its military capability.

Seoul and Washington say the exercises are defensive in nature.

The North's leader ordered the army to be fire-ready should he make a decision for action, the report said. On Monday, the General landed in China after visiting South Korea.

In a speech Tuesday, Moon said Seoul "will work closely with the United States to break through the security crisis".

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"The drill will definitely provoke Pyongyang more, and Pyongyang is expected to make a more radical response", the paper said in an editorial.

The Global Times, while state-run, often uses stronger language than the official line from Beijing.

Pyongyang has in the past used detainees to extract concessions, including high-profile visits from the United States, which has no formal diplomatic relations with North Korea. "We should take the initiative in solving the problem on the Korean Peninsula". "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".

Meanwhile, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe used a telephone call on Tuesday to praise Mr Trump's commitment to protect U.S. allies in the region and halt missile launches from Pyongyang.

If the USA determines the missile would fall into the sea short of Guam, he said "it becomes an issue we take up however the president chooses".

Mattis sought to allay fears following previous North Korean threats to launch missiles in the direction of Guam.

"The government, putting everything on the line, will block war by all means", Moon said.

"Every time these war games happen there's a problem - that a deterrence signal bleeds into a provocation from North Korea's perspective", said John Delury, a professor at Seoul's Yonsei University.

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Tensions have escalated between North Korea and the United States since Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

"We're not closer to war than a week ago but we are closer to war than we were a decade ago", McMaster said, adding that the Trump administration is prepared to deal militarily with North Korea if necessary.

Third, such a step would offer China a prominent role and one their leader, Xi Jinping, can envision as appealing - without kow-towing to President Trump's demands for Chinese pressure on North Korea.

Following months of escalation that threatened to develop into a full-scale conflict, North Korea has backed down.

North Korean state media has reported that the country's leader has been briefed about plans to fire missiles towards Guam.

Guam is home to two USA military bases and is known as the "tip of the spear" when it comes to U.S. forces in the Pacific Ocean.

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