South Korean President Criticized for 'Lax Attitude' on Nuclear Threat

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Guam, more than 3,000 km (2,000 miles) to the southeast of North Korea, is home to about 163,000 people and a US Navy base that includes a submarine squadron and a Coast Guard group, and an air base.

The KCNA report said of Trump, "Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him".

Gen Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the North Korean army's strategic force, was quoted as saying the missiles would fly over Japan and hit the waters 30km to 40km from Guam. He also said he's ready to provide a blueprint for exchanges between Seoul and Pyongyang. "I can't imagine they want to commit suicide". "By making this advance notice, they are also sending a tacit message that what they are going to do is not a actual attack".

Baek said the South Korean military authorities maintained a complete defence readiness in preparation for several possible situations, urging North Korea "to stop provocation and change attitude". According to some analysts, it will take several more years and many more tests to flawless such a weapon, but North Korea's ICBMs put an increasing area of the world, including Alaska and parts of Canada, under threat.

Lee Choon-geun, senior research fellow at South Korea's state-run Science and Technology Policy Institute, said there was a risk that any missile could land much closer to Guam than planned.

"This could elevate the threats to an unprecedented level". Nevertheless, the two countries joined the others in calls to stop missile tests in North Korea. Guam also has a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, similar to the that recently installed in South Korea.

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The South Korean official said member states of ARF reaffirmed it shared the common goal of the worldwide communities to "achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea in a peaceful manner".

North Korea's July test of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), with a range of anywhere from 6,700 to 8,000 kilometres, showed that the nation now has a weapon that could threaten parts of the Canada along the border with Alaska, experts told Global News last month. Washington has repeatedly said that it doesn't rule out any scenario of dealing with the North Korean nuclear problem, including a military one.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a stark warning on Wednesday, telling Pyongyang it would lose any arms race or conflict.

Three years of fighting would follow and Doctor Owen Wilson, a professor of conflict analyst and conflict resolution at George Mason University, says that brought Korea to its knees.

"U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for the peaceful denuclearization of North Korea - a common goal of the worldwide community - and stressed the importance of strengthening pressure on North Korea in diplomatic, economic terms", the South Korean spokesman said. He talked about the UN Security Council's unanimous vote on imposing new sanctions on the country. However, no official statement has been released by Pyongyang.

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