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If N Korea provokes U.S. retaliation, will China remain neutral?

12 August 2017

Ganyard said that if Anchorage or any part of the mainland United States were attacked, the response would be swift and destructive.

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President Trump's latest outburst - that the United States military was "locked and loaded" ready to deal with North Korea - came just hours after his Defence Secretary Jim Mattis attempted to cool tensions by saying that diplomatic efforts were succeeding.

The missiles tested in July were the ones the world had been dreading: two-stage Hwasong-14 ICBMs that appeared quite capable of reaching the US mainland.

She said the issue now is what to do in a world where North Korea, led by Kim, possessed some of the most destructive weapons in history.

South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his United States counterpart HR McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said. The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S. Japan and South Korea may choose to realign with China and Russian Federation for security.

Former defence officials and experts say any military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate quickly to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties and an untold economic impact worldwide. The other 40% is simply that the United States will have to tolerate and live with North Korea's nuclear threat forever.

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Trump's comment prompted North Korea's military to announce that it was considering an attack on the US territory of Guam. The tough talk capped a week in which long-standing tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over.

Bordallo joined Conyers and sixty other House members in signing an urgent letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in which they expressed "profound concern over the statements made by President Trump that dramatically increased tensions with North Korea and raised the specter of nuclear war".

"North Korea better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble", Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course.

During that war, Japan occupied Guam until USA forces helped liberate it. Guam's called the tip of the spear for that reason. It was a standoff over North Korea's rapidly developing nuclear program, complete with trading threats of war and the safety of millions in the balance.

North Korea's rockets have a spotty track record.

"I think escalating the rhetoric is the wrong answer".

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.

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency accused Trump earlier of "driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war". North Korea's threat on July 8 to make a nuclear strike on Guam indicates they understand the concept of limited nuclear operations and surgical strikes.

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Aside from Kim's interest in self-preservation, it remains unclear whether North Korea has all of the necessary technology to make an offensive strike possible.

"It is scary because I lived through the second world war and I certainly don't want to see another one", she says.

Before proceeding, the USA should launch emergency programs, on the scale and intensity of the World War II Manhattan Project that developed the first A-Bombs, to strengthen missile defenses and protect the American people from the worst consequences of a nuclear attack by hardening the national electric grid against electromagnetic pulse (EMP). There is a misperception that the North Korean dictator, like his father before him, is mad.

But, Snyder noted that the latest understanding of North Korean military capability is that the country may lack the re-entry technology necessary for an effective attack targeting specific parts of the USA mainland. In months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could EMP harden numerous most important nodes in the electric grid and other critical infrastructures. Moon is likely to highlight his policy on North Korea on the holiday, the only one the two Koreas share.

This week saw a dramatic escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is chief of staff of the Congressional EMP Commission.

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Before Tillerson's trip, the USA had said he had no plans to interact with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho. They also promised to strengthen their communications to better respond to the North's nuclear threats.

If N Korea provokes U.S. retaliation, will China remain neutral?