Guam governor says North Korea's talk of revenge is no threat

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The Post story, citing unnamed U.S. intelligence officials, said the confidential analysis was completed last month by the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency.

North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a US military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group.

"I want to reassure the people of Guam that now there is no threat to our island or the Marianas", he said.

Guam's Homeland Security Advisor George Charfauros told CNN that despite Guam's strategic importance and the North Korean threats to strike it, he remains confident of the island's defenses. "We are not just a military installation", he added.

North Korea's military is considering a plan to launch a missile strike on a USA territory it says poses a threat.

The paper quotes the assessment as saying: "The IC (intelligence community) assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles".

This is a large part of why Trump's freakish and unscripted verbal declaration that any "threats" by North Korea would be met by nuclear war was both reckless and, frankly, very dumb.

He urged the worldwide community to "thoroughly implement" the latest round of sanctions against North Korea approved by the United Nations Security Council.

"Fire" and "fury." "Power the likes of which this world has never seen before".

"The North Koreans did not develop their nuclear weapons to drop on the US", Francona told CNN.

Consider how North Korea's foreign minister reacted to the UN Security Council resolutions yesterday: "We will, under no circumstances, put the nukes and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table", Mr. Ri said in a statement.

The US dollar index slightly pared gains as the safe-haven yen strengthened against the US currency.

Seoul is home to roughly 10 million people, within range of massed North Korean rockets and artillery, which would be impossible to destroy in a first USA strike.


There is still time for diplomacy, still room for global pressure - if only the President would let his team continue that vital work.

For Kim, it's all about the United States - and only the United States.

The North is threatening the United States with the prospect of a nuclear-armed long-range missile, and Sen. Experts on the crisis repeated a call made by the Trump administration in recent months: China, North Korea's top trading partner and protector, must step in. She said: "He has to decide".

Pyongyang's initial threat to Guam came after the U.S. flew two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula on Tuesday local time.

"My parents and many of my contemporaries suffered through the war".

Tensions in the region have risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests past year and two ICBM tests in July.

Earlier on Tuesday, Japan's defence ministry said it was conceivable that Pyongyang "has already achieved the miniaturisation of nuclear weapons".

This is not a consensus view from the entire intelligence community, one USA official said.

Guam, popular with Japanese and South Korean tourists, is protected by the advanced U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, deployed in South Korea.

Pushed on whether the information was leaked, Haley said "it's one of those things I don't know what's going on". The newly revealed US intelligence assessment indicates those missiles can carry nuclear warheads.

For years, North Korea has claimed Guam is within its missiles' striking distance, making furious statements each time when the USA flew powerful bombers from the island's air base to the Korean Peninsula. North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has expressed no interest in walking away from his nuclear and ballistic missile program, and the country has survived past sanctions.

Interestingly, it appears that North Korea either intrinsically understands this, or is just totally insane (I am not sure which scenario is scarier, really).

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