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12 August, 2017

Tensions between North Korea and the United States are increasing, with Guam at the centre of the war words between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

"The whole goal is regime survival", said ABC News aviation consultant Steve Ganyard, a retired Marine Corps colonel.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

Trump lacks the authority to order a preemptive strike on North Korea.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief government spokesman, said earlier this week that Tokyo "can never tolerate" provocations from North Korea and the country's military, will "take necessary measures".

Regional tensions are mounting as Washington and Pyongyang ratchet up their war of words, with President Donald Trump warning Pyongyang would "truly regret" any hostile action against the US. Separately, Japan's defense ministry came to a similar conclusion.

But it remains unknown if the North Koreans have the re-entry or target technology necessary for such an attack.

"You know, they're showing so much, it's such a big story in the news and it just looks like a lovely place", he says.

"But that may not apply in months", he added.

The compounding threats came in a week in which long-standing tensions between the countries risked abruptly boiling over. Many are shorter range, such as the Hwasong-12 missiles which the North has threatened to fire toward Guam.

What happens if Guam is attacked?

North Korea has announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles into the seas around the US Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to US bombers. None is a quick, certain remedy, but Malinowski argues that we should recall the Cold War, when "the spread of democratic ideas and culture, aided by people-to-people ties and communications technologies, and our principled insistence on respect for human rights" were critical to victory.

"Shooting at Guam is no different than shooting at New York City", he said.

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 USA mainland.

Before proceeding, the US 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). "He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before". The plan would be sent to Kim for approval just before or as the U.S.

North Korean missiles can reach the continental United States.

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That's not a dare, as you say. "It's too developmental a system", he said.

North Korea's rockets have a spotty track record.

South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his USA counterpart HR McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said. So, a strike that cut off that route could make such American troop deployments hard.

The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty. And he's not going to threaten South Korea.

The Pacific Command, headquartered in Hawaii, determines if the missile poses a threat to Japan, South Korea, Guam or Hawaii.

"They already have lived with the threats, whereas Americans are not living with the threats now but may face it imminently", Snyder said.

China's president has warned the United States and North Korea not to exacerbate tensions after Donald Trump said Kim Jong Un would "truly regret" military action. This promising anti-missile program was canceled by the Clinton Administration in favor of President Clinton's Agreed Framework and its policy of appeasement, which ultimately resulted in today's North Korean ICBMs.

"My critics are only saying that because it's me", Trump said. "If Kim Jong Un said he would hit Anchorage, would he say, go ahead hit Anchorage and see what happens?", Underwood said.

If he delivers the plan, the U.S. will nearly certainly respond aggressively with a range of military options - and the situation will escalate to a major military conflict involving several more parties, including South Korea and Japan.


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