Kim: North Korea not to hit Guam for now

US military Andersen Air Force base on Guam

US military Andersen Air Force base on Guam

Responding to reporters' questions about North Korea's assertion that it might soon fire four ballistic missiles into the waters off Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific, Mattis made clear he did not want to be seen as escalating the tensions.

Last week the reports gave the impression that the plans would be put into action more or less immediately on being completed, and a launch was expected mid-week this week.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in meanwhile has urged the United States not to launch an attack on the Korean peninsula without its consent, saying no one may decide to take military action without the consent of the South.

However, if America persists in its "extremely unsafe reckless actions on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the latter will make an important decision as it already declared", Kim Jong-un warned.

Pompeo said that the US was, "not at an imminent risk of an attack taking place today" from North Korea.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis cautioned North Korea that it would be "game on" if the rogue nation fired missiles towards the US or its territories, including Guam.

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The words attributed to Kim seem to pertain to the Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises that South Korean and United States troops are scheduled to initiate next Monday, exercises that the North Korean regime considers to be a provocation.

Rather, experts say what Kim is searching for can be summed up in one word: survival.

Kim Jong Un has received confirmation from his military North Korea maintains preparedness to fire a missile that can target the USA territory of Guam, according to multiple Japanese press reports.

"The bottom line is, we will defend the country from an attack; for us [US military] that is war".

The larger threat, Tracy reports, was a North Korean missile capable of hitting the United States.

General Mattis said that if a North Korean missile were headed toward the waters near Guam, instead of aimed directly at the island, then the president would decide what action to take.

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The news was announced on the North's state media on Tuesday and comes after the South Korea President said that his country would seek to prevent war by all means.

Russian and German leadership expressed concern in recent days over the president's rhetoric, after he wrote on Twitter that the USA is "locked and loaded" ahead of any action by the North.

"The US has no interest in regime change or accelerated reunification of Korea", Mattis and Tillerson wrote.

It stressed the two men enjoyed a close relationship, which would "hopefully lead to a peaceful resolution of the North Korea problem".

"It does worry me sometimes, but it's not the first time we've been threatened by [North Korea]", said island resident Leticia Velasco.

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