Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Trump to Guam's Governor: 'Don't Worry About a Thing'

Trump to Guam's Governor: 'Don't Worry About a Thing'

In the USA, support for Trump's tough talk on North Korea broke down along party lines.

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China will back North Korea if the USA strikes first against its neighbour and ideological ally, but if Pyongyang initiates hostilities and prompts a U.S. response, China will stay neutral, the state-run Global Times newspaper said in a commentary. No doubt, the country's nuclear missile development has progressed at a faster pace than anticipated by the USA government.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday he's ready to present Trump with military options "if they be needed", but the "gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there, right now".

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The problem is the president and the mixed messages that his team is sending. "And what I said is what I mean", Trump said, adding that his statements' significance was "pretty obvious" and his administration is looking "very carefully" at possible future actions against North Korea. Trump is expected to visit China later this year.

Guam is a launching point for USA strategic bombers that the North, virtually flattened by us bombs during the 1950-53 Korean War, sees as particularly threatening. "It is very concerning that there are divisions inside the Trump administration in policy towards North Korea".

Trump will make an official visit to China later this year. "We reassure potential visitors that we continue to be a safe ... place to visit", Tyquiengco told AFP Friday.

For its part, North Korea's KCNA official news agency reported that its military plans to fire four intermediate-range missiles to land 30km-40km from the US Pacific territory of Guam and it would finalise the plan by mid-August.

North Korean state-media on Wednesday showed images of a mobilisation of tens of thousands of citizens parading through Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang carrying banners in defence of leader Kim Jong-un and denouncing the latest United Nations sanctions to punish the regime for its missile launches.

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He said on MSNBC that he'd heard about constituents who had canceled a Hawaii vacation over concerns about a nuclear war breaking out, and suggested Trump address the country from the Oval Office.

Representatives at both the South Korean embassy and Japanese embassies in Washington, D.C., did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze on Friday.

Klingner previously told TheBlaze that when it comes to North Korea, the "in it for the long haul". Politico's Peter Harrell pointed out that "North Korea is heavily integrated with the Chinese economy, and North Korea also trades with India, Pakistan, Russia, Angola, Saudi Arabia and other countries".

The United Nations Security Council voted this month to hit Pyongyang with new sanctions, yet Trump still has wasted no time launching his own verbal assault.

South Korea and Japan are accustomed to the North's frequent threats to attack.

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On Twitter, he said the military was "locked and loaded" if North Korea carried out its threat. "This has led to North Korea directly threatening almost 168,000 American citizens living in my home district of Guam".

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