Published On: Mon, Aug 14th, 2017

North Korea: American Army preparing for option in case sanctions fail

 

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford who arrived in South Korea has warned Monday that the US is preparing military options in case sanctions forced on North Korea failed. He said the United States is ready with a “full range” of contingency plans to use to defend itself and its allies against North Korea, the Associated Press reported.

The North Korean military is organizing a plan to fire four missiles towers the US territory of Guam, to be presented to leader Kim Jong Un by “mid-August.”

At this moment it’s not clear if and when Kim will order the launch.

Amid tone up, tensions over fears Pyongyang is close to achieving its goal of putting mainland US within the range of a nuclear weapon, Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the North’s missiles and nuclear weapons threaten the world.

Dunford, discuss the situation in the region with President Moon Jae-in and Defence Minister Song Young-moo. He will also meet with leaders in Japan and China. “We’re all looking to get out of this situation without a war,” he added.

China, North Korea’s ally, said Monday that it would stop importing North Korean goods including iron ore, coal and fish from midnight on Sept. 5. as part of U.N. sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile program.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis said In a co-authored opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, the aim of the United States was not regime change but “peaceful pressure campaign” to the denuclearization of North Korea.

“We have no desire to inflict harm on the long-suffering North Korean people, who are distinct from the hostile regime in Pyongyang,” Tillerson and Mattis wrote. “We are replacing the failed policy of ‘strategic patience’… with a new policy of strategic accountability.”

In the latest round of a soar war of words, Trump on Friday warned Kim Jong-un he “will truly regret it” if US territory attacked.

“This man will not get away with what he is doing,” the President said. “If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat… or if he does anything concerning Guam or any place else that is an American territory or an America ally, he will regret it, and he will regret it fast.”

 

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