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If North Korea attacks United States, it 'will regret it fast'

12 August 2017

In the U.S., support for Trump's tough talk on North Korea broke down along party lines.

Presumably Trump's point here is to make North Korea's leaders think twice about continuing work on miniaturized warheads and missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

At the same time, a North Korean state news agency statement warned that "even a single shell dropped on the Korean Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of ... thermonuclear war". While the trip has been long planned, the issue of North Korea is likely to be a priority, officials said.

"You'll see, you'll see". But US officials say they may be misreading US capabilities - the US has other assets in the region, mainly Navy ships that could shoot down the missiles as well as THAAD. China accounts for fully 90 per cent of North Korea's trade and has backed harsh UN Security Council sanctions estimated to slash the nation's foreign earnings by a third. "He's never going to give up his nukes, so I think at some point we go back to Cold War-style deterrence and containment the way we did with the Soviet Union successfully".

In the phone call Mr Trump goes on to praise the island's beauty, which he says he has seen in news reports about the missile threat. China, North Korea's only major ally, called on both countries to avoid the "old road" of escalating hostilities.

Speaking to reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump made clear he will respond forcefully to any North Korean attack on the U.S. or its allies.

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Mr Trump is presently vacationing at his New Jersey golf resort, but is keeping up the war of words. The US gets better outcomes in worldwide disputes when the president makes more resolute statements, according to Roseanne McManus, an assistant professor at Baruch College, City University of NY, who studied the issue for her new book, "Statements of Resolve: Achieving Coercive Credibility in global Conflict".

He said "sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason who is going senile".

"China should also make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US soil first and the US retaliates, China will stay neutral", the influential tabloid said in an editorial, sounding a warning for Pyongyang over its plans to fire missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam.

The move, if carried out, would be its most provocative missile launch to date.

The US hasn't taken any public steps to prepare for hostilities such as evacuating Americans from Seoul, which is within range of North Korean artillery, or moving ships, aircraft or troops into position for an imminent response.

The Pacific Command, headquartered in Hawaii, determines if the missile poses a threat to Japan, South Korea, Guam or Hawaii.

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Rather than merely counting on a delay in Pyongnang's developing the needed technology, diplomatic routes are still available, Ganyard said.

Asked whether the secretary-general could be a mediator, Dujarric says, "He is always willing to do so".

History has demonstrated that China will not sit out a war in the Korean peninsula, and US allies South Korea and Japan will bear the brunt.

Ba Dianjun, director of the Center for Northeast Asia at Jilin University, underscored that despite the mutual aid and cooperation friendship treaty between China and North Korea, Beijing will not come to help if Pyongyang attacks first.

But few past presidential threats have been as inflammatory as Trump's.

Trump announced he planned to hold another press conference in Washington Monday. "' And we spent a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of effort, and it's in tip-top shape, getting better, getting stronger".

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If North Korea attacks United States, it 'will regret it fast'