Seoul: US to give South advance notice of pre-emptive strike on North

Faith Castro
August 13, 2017

China has reiterated calls for all sides to maintain calm and reduce tensions over the Korean Peninsula.

Trump's aggressive rhetoric against the North has been fueling worries within the US Congress and prompted a phone call between South Korea and US national security leaders.

China is the North's biggest economic partner and source of aid, but says it alone can't compel Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programs.

But legal experts in the United States told the news outlet that the situation is "complicated", suggesting that North Korea's current threats do not necessarily meet all the requirements that justify the USA making a pre-emptive attack in self-defense.

The possibility of an unplanned clash around the US-South Korea joint military exercises on August 21 can not be ruled outTensions have been rising to an extreme degree around the Korean Peninsula as a result of North Korea and the US's war of inflammatory invectives.

On Thursday, Trump said the North Koreans "better get their act together or they're going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world".

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The people of Japan know such fire and fury.

A US B-1B Lancer bomber is stationed at the Anderson Airforce Base in Guam. While Pyongyang and Washington are still just waging a war of words, this could conceivably escalate into a fighting war because of an unplanned clash or a moment's miscalculation, experts believe. Following this announcement, US military signaled it could dispatch strategic B-1 bombers to target North Korea's missile launch sites, underground facilities, and other installations, according to RT. "After finalizing our plan for an enveloping strike on Guam, we will submit it by mid-August to our comrade Kim Jong-un, who is supreme commander of the Republic's nuclear weapons, and remain in launch readiness as we await his orders", Kim Rak-gyom said.

Zolotarev said Pyongyang's threat to target Guam should not be taken lightly. It is politicians - not the military - who decide on whether or not to use such plans...

For analysts at SP Angel, Pyongyang's threat to fire missiles near the US Pacific territory of Guam - which might provoke a US reaction - dovetailed nicely with China's plans in the South China Seas and North Pacific. If South Korea and the U.S. mobilize strategic assets to carry out a show of force against North Korea during the exercises, some think, North Korea could respond in kind.

It should be noted that in 1961, the countries signed a Sino-North Korean Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, which means, if North Korea is attacked, China would be legally obliged to "immediately render military and other assistance by all means at its disposal".

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