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Kim Jong Un doesn't need to strike Guam - he's already won

13 August 2017

Tensions between the USA and North Korea ratcheted up on Friday, as President Donald Trump doubled down on military threats.

And island dwellers say they fear a powerful typhoon more than the wrath of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The newspaper said that Beijing should stay neutral if North Korea provoked the Trump into war with a missile attack.

President Trump called Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo to express his support to the US territory amid the threats of an imminent strike from North Korea.

The hope is that Kim returns to the six-party talks-comprising North and South Korea, Japan, Russia, China and the USA -on denuclearization, which ran from 2003 to 2009 before his father Kim Jong Il walked away. The North did not mention when the operation would be carried out but said it would "keep closely watching the speech and behavior of the U.S".

Guam's governor was assured of his island's safety on Saturday, with United States president Donald Trump giving the territory "1000 percent" backing. At the same time, Beijing will respond if the US and South Korea strike first and try to overthrow the North Korean regime.

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Any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War II, defence officials and analysts say. "People are calm. We try to assure them there are defense capabilities in place, and people are putting their faith in them".

A day after Trump said North Korea would face "fire and fury" if it kept threatening the U.S., a warning was issued by North Korea where it threatened to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, estimated the risk of a military conflict between the US and North Korea as "very high", and said Moscow was deeply concerned. It has diplomatic traction.

The Guam Joint Information Center-"the official local, military, and federal clearinghouse for accurate information on emergencies"-on Friday released an "in case of emergency" fact sheet detailing what residents of the Western Pacific U.S. territory should do to "[prepare] for an imminent missile threat".

ITV News Senior International Correspondent John Irvine said it would be an "an extremely provocative act" to fire missiles towards Guam, a United States site which hosts a major military base.

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On Friday, South Korea's presidential office said that South Korea's chief of national security, Chung Eui-Yong, and US counterpart H.R. McMaster had reaffirmed their close cooperation on North Korean issues. North Korea has been increasingly sensitive to the exercises lately because they reportedly include training for "decapitation strikes" to kill Kim Jong Un and his top lieutenants. As a precaution, Japan deployed missile defense batteries under the path a North Korean missile might take.

But China, North Korea's only major ally, has been urging restraint.

"I wish there would be less partisanship up there, this is a time of threats to the United States", said Calvo.

This week, Washington and Pyongyang have several times exchanged sharp statements.

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Kim Jong Un doesn't need to strike Guam - he's already won