North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has decided to delay firing missiles towards Guam, for the moment. He did, although, warn the United States against their “reckless actions.”
Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in about two weeks. He was seen inspecting the command of the North’s army, examining his original plan to fire four missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
KCNA, the Korean Central News Agency reported, “He said that if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous 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.”
The KCNA report also released photos of Kim Jong Un holding a baton, pointing at a map, and planning out the flight path for the missiles.
The missiles would be launched from North Korea’s east coast and fly over Japan toward Guam.
In response to Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump said that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” to respond to unwise actions by North Korea.
South Korea, then, came out and said that they would prevent war by all means.
Their President, Moon Jae-in was quoted saying, “Military action on the Korean peninsula can only be decided by South Korea, and no one else can choose to take military action without the consent of South Korea.”
South Korea and the United States, although, will be exercising joint military drills to anger Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
China urged both nations to stop military drills to lower tensions, especially if South Korea is genuinely trying to avoid war on the Korean Peninsula.
Kim Dong-yub, a professor and military expert at Kyungnam University’s Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul urged both nations to stop assuming North Korea is bluffing with its missile threats.
He was quoted saying, “There is no stepping back for North Korea. Those who don’t know the North very well fall into this trap every time but we’ve seen this before.”
United States officials are consistently ensuring safety to the American people.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday, “The bottom line is, we will defend the country from an attack; for us (U.S. military) that is war.”
Japan, which would be under the missile flight path, has also said that their top priority regarding North Korea was to halt any missile launches.
A Japanese foreign ministry official said, “The strategic environment is becoming harsher and we need to discuss how we will respond to that. We will look for the U.S. to reaffirm it defence commitment, including the nuclear deterrent.”
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