PAC-3 systems deployed in case missiles stray off course to Guam

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping today reiterated their mutual commitment to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula and agreed that North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour, the White House said.

The president confirmed he has no idea where he's headed in this whole dick-measuring contest with North Korea on Friday by pretending the answers to frantic questions about said nuclear gamesmanship were so obvious that he didn't need to answer them.

"Concerned parties must exercise restraint and avoid remarks and actions that escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula", Mr Xi reportedly said.

France, another U.S. ally, weighed in on the tensions on Saturday, with French President Emmanuel Macron calling on North Korea to avoid a further "escalation of tensions".

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Trump said what the North Korean regime has been "getting away with is a tragedy, and it can't be allowed". At the same time, Beijing will respond if the United States and South Korea strike first and try to overthrow the North Korean regime.

The Korean Central News Agency reported that the proposal would be forwarded to leader Kim once plans had been finalised.

On Thursday it added that it proposed to fire four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan, to land in waters 30-40 km (18.6-24.8 miles) off Guam.

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The North Korean military this week threatened to fire ballistic missiles into "areas around Guam" in order to "neutralize" what it says is a military threat from the Pacific U.S. territory. He also said he would prefer no nuclear weapons and the complications they or their pursuit present in North Korea, Pakistan and Iran.

"If the USA and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime, and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so", reported the Global Times, a daily Chinese newspaper controlled by the Communist Party.

A White House readout of the call said two leaders had agreed that "North Korea must stop its provocative and escalatory behaviour" and that new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang were "an important and necessary step" towards peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

During that war, Japan occupied Guam until US forces helped liberate it. Guam's called the tip of the spear for that reason.

President Donald Trump says that American weapons are "locked and loaded" against North Korea.

He said the Guam base deters adversaries and reassures U.S. allies and partners in the Pacific.

Meanwhile, South Korea and the USA are proceeding with plans for a large-scale military exercise, expected to run from August 21 to 31. North Korea has always viewed the training as preparation for war.

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