Trump praises Kim Jong-un for backing down on Guam threat

Posted August 17, 2017

Amid North Korea's threat of a missile attack against Guam, the USA territory's homeland security adviser said Monday there's a 0.000001 percent chance that a missile launched from North Korea would get through the various layers of defense and reach Guam.

President Donald Trump is weighing in on the decision saying North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un made a 'wise and well reasoned decision.' Trump tweeted Wednesday that "the alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!"

China, North Korea's most important ally, said Monday that it will stop importing North Korean goods including iron ore, coal and fish from midnight on September part of United Nations sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile program.

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The decision comes hours after US Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned that if Pyongyang fired a missile towards Guam, "then it's game on". The United States and South Korea plan next week, however, to start annual defensive military drills that the North claims are preparation for invasion. He is also visiting Japan and China after a week in which Trump declared the US military "locked and loaded" and said he was ready to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States. In recent months, China has joined with Russian Federation in calling for the suspend annual military drills with South Korea in exchange for Pyongyang halting its missile and nuclear tests as a first step toward direct talks.

This has led to growing calls among South Korean conservatives for the United States to redeploy tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea after withdrawing them in the 1990s.

Kim was pictured for the first time in weeks last night, examining plans for a strike on American military targets in Guam.

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He said North Korea had threatened Guam - a U.S. territory which hosts two large military bases and is home to more than 6,000 military personnel - at least three times since 2013. In 2013 also, Pyongyang had threatened to attack Guam, because of it being a strategic base for the United States in the Pacific, with 6,000 troops stationed and B-1B bombers with nuclear capacity operating from the island.

"Our government will put everything on the line to prevent another war on the Korean Peninsula", Moon said.

After days of back and forth escalation between the United States and North Korea, the threat of missile launches from the mysterious regime seems to be in the past. The DPRK stands for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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