Why North Korea has no interest in talking to the South

U.S. President Trump speaks to reporters about North Korea at his golf estate in Bedminster New Jersey

U.S. President Trump speaks to reporters about North Korea at his golf estate in Bedminster New Jersey

Jitters over North Korea's announcement to launch ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam sent investors to seek safer assets in the South Korean financial market.

Guam's governor on Thursday said the USA territory was "well-equipped" to handle any North Korean strike thanks to robust infrastructure that had survived earthquakes and typhoons, after Pyongyang released a detailed plan to launch missiles towards the island.

The U.S. president had earlier threatened to unleash "fire and fury" on the reclusive state.

"U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for the peaceful denuclearization of North Korea - a common goal of the global community - and stressed the importance of strengthening pressure on North Korea in diplomatic, economic terms", the South Korean spokesman said.

A North Korean attack or an American pre-emptive strike is unlikely, said John Delury, an associate professor of East Asian Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul. In 2013, state media cited leader Kim Jong Un as having ordered his military to prepare plans on launching strikes on USA military bases in Guam, Hawaii and South Korea as well as the American mainland.

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The tension comes on the heels of an intelligence report that suggested North Korea has miniaturized nuclear weapons to fit on missiles. It is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) southeast of North Korea, much closer than it is to any of the United States.

While there has been some resistance and displeasure from the people of Guam over the USA military's presence, it is also essential to the island's economy, second only to tourism in importance.

South Korea would not be the first actor because North Korea's million-plus active troops could cross the border in minutes. Guam officially became a US territory in 1950 and was put under the administration of the Department of the Navy.

South Koreans are buying more gold and ready to eat meals, while the government plans to expand nation-wide civil defence drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the U.S. ramps up tension.

The escalating threat arising from nuclear-armed North Korea's recent series of missile tests is prompting South Korea to beef up its military muscle and experts warn it could spur an arms buildup elsewhere in Northeast Asia. But analysts say the ICBM tests show that Pyongyang is focused on Washington and uninterested in what Seoul brings to the table.

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"Kim Jong Un's reckless behavior can not be tolerated", she said, "and I strongly urge the president to explore every avenue to peacefully respond to it and avoid further escalating this situation".

Even before the latest spike in tensions, South Korea was seeking to enhance its missile-defence capabilities in the face of the unprecedented pace of North Korean missile tests. Russian Federation and China have both urged the U.S.to halt the sea exercises. "I feel it would be a pretty stupid idea to do that", she said.

Seoul is expanding its participation in a nationwide civil defence drill, set to take place on August 23, Shim Kang-cheon, a local Seoul government official, told Reuters. Spain's colonial rule continued until the US took control in 1898 during the Spanish-American War.

Tourists stroll along a road on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, Aug. 10, 2017. File photo by U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Photo by Robert Hicks/Handout via REUTERS. Trump said. He did not specify what they might be.

"For me because I'm a father, so it's really concerning, you know, I wish it didn't have to come to that", he said. Trump on Thursday again urged China to do more to resolve the situation.

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