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U.S. warns N.Korea that nuclear drive could mean end of regime

11 August 2017

The Governor of Guam, the USA territory threatened with attack by North Korea, has backed Donald Trump's fiery rhetoric toward the nuclear-armed nation, saying that a President who whole-heartedly embraces forceful retaliation over attacks on United States territory is "what I want".

Prior to the president's latest statement, Gen. Kim Rak Gyom took to North Korean state-run television to accuse Trump of going "senile" and spending too much time hitting golf balls.

"I want a president that says that if any nation such as North Korea attacks Guam, attacks Honolulu, attacks the west coast, that they will be met with hell and fury", Mr Calvo said during an appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight".

Trump accused his predecessors of failing to effectively address the North Korean headache and that it was time a president "stuck up for the country", CNN reported. "He has said things that are horrific, and with me he's not getting away with it".

Trump spoke after North Korea intensified its own rhetoric by announcing a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.

"He's disrespected our country greatly", Trump said of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

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"Maybe it wasn't tough enough", Trump said during a lengthy exchange with reporters.

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He went on to criticize former president Bill Clinton for being "weak and ineffective" with North Korea, and former president Barack Obama for not wanting "to talk about it".

Most missile tests are off limits to missile defenses, because they don't go through forbidden areas; a shot just off a major USA base would be fair game, though.

In a message to the public, Guam's Governor Eddie Baza Calvo said there was now "no threat" to the U.S. territory and the Marianas archipelago, but it was "prepared for any eventuality".

Tillerson and other officials said Trump was trying to send a message in language Kim Jong Un could understand.

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If Pyongyang carries out its threatened show of force and launches missiles toward Guam, it would represent an unprecedented milestone in the already fraught relations between the United States and North Korea.

The spokesman said the strike would aim to "contain the USA major military bases on Guam". "But if China helps us, I feel a lot differently toward trade".

Trump spoke after having a national security briefing with Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

North Korea is barred under United Nations resolutions from any use of ballistic missile technology but six sets of United Nations sanctions since Pyongyang's first nuclear test in 2006 have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons.

North Korea said the sanctions infringed on its sovereignty and warned that it was ready to give Washington a "severe lesson" with what it called its strategic nuclear force in response to any US military action.

He also chided China, saying they could do "a lot more" to intervene on the Korean peninsula.

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Mr Tillerson told reporters that "Americans should sleep well at night", and that nothing indicated that relations with North Korea had "dramatically changed in the last 24 hours". It's not going to continue like that.

U.S. warns N.Korea that nuclear drive could mean end of regime